With the non-waiver trade deadline in the rearview, Redleg Nation can now let out its collective breath that Jay Bruce wasn’t traded well under market value for a recovering Zach Wheeler. That said, the Reds (46-54) might not be done making moves as Marlon Byrd is a prime candidate to clear waivers and be traded sometime in the month in of August.
Bruce said he was relieved when 4 p.m. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 31, 2015
All stats are 2015 actuals:
The last time Michael Lorenzen pitched was the same day that Johnny Cueto took off the Reds’ uniform for good. Cueto, a mentor to Lorenzen, makes his Royals’ debut tonight against the newly stacked Toronto Blue Jays. Maybe emotion is why Lorenzen’s last start was absolutely horrendous or maybe it was just a rookie pitcher falling victim to Coors Field. Either way, a 2.1 inning, 7 hit, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K stat line is abysmal.
For the Pirates, Jeff Locke is having a career-year in terms of FIP and providing serviceable innings to a loaded Pirates rotation. Over his last three starts, Locke has thrown 17.1 innings, allowing 8 ER on 17 hits with 13 K’s.
Jay Bruce takes the most panicked over off-day in the history of Reds’ baseball:
Here is the Pirates lineup:
Waldrop has not arrived yet but he is indeed taking Leake's roster spot until a starter is called up for Sun. Price did not reveal who #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 31, 2015
–The Mets moved on from Bruce and struck a bargain for the Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes without giving up Zach Wheeler. After whiffing on the Carlos Gomez deal, hauling in Cespedes must seem like a miracle to Mets’ fans and Wilmer Flores.
–Speaking of Carlos Gomez, the center fielder (and friend of Billy Hamilton) was traded to the Astros last night along with Mike Fiers. The Astros were linked to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman all day, but nothing materialized in the end.
–The Pirates have picked up Michael Morse from the Dodgers for Jose Tabata. Both players had been DFA’d earlier this week.
–Ben Revere made his way north of the border to join Troy Tulowitzski and David Price as the Blue Jays push for the second Wild Card in the AL.
–A full list of all the league’s wheeling and dealing can be found here.
When I was younger, I would dread the second half of July as I waited in fear that my favorite players would be moved somewhere else. August 1 could never come soon enough. In 2008, when Ken Griffey Jr. was finally traded, I was brokenhearted but understood enough of the business to come to terms with the deal. Plus, I had Adam Dunn to hang onto. My ignorance of the waiver system and Dunn’s subsequent trade 11 days after the deadline are why I have trust issues.
Johnny Cueto goes on at 7:07 EST for the Royals.