The Cincinnati Reds have traded outfielder Brian O’Grady to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later and cash. The team officially announced the move this afternoon on twitter.

Earlier this week the Reds made several roster moves after acquiring outfielder Nick Martini and reliever Justin Shafer. They needed two spots on the 40-man roster, so Cincinnati designated Brian O’Grady and Jimmy Herget for assignment, placing them on waivers. Rather than go through the waiver process with the hopes the entire National League, and most of the American League passed on O’Grady, the Rays decided to go ahead and make a trade for him.

It’s been a big last two seasons in the minors for Brian O’Grady. After seemingly being on the verge of being out of a job following the 2017 season where he hit .185/.313/.347 as a 25-year-old in Advanced-A and Double-A, he went to work and put together two years that have turned around his career. After posting an .826 OPS in the first half of 2018 in Double-A he made the jump to Triple-A Louisville. In the 650 plate appearances he’s had there since then he his .286/.360/.553 with 39 doubles, three triples, 36 home runs, 25 steals, and he’s driven in 106.

That performance helped earn him a call up to the Major Leagues in August of 2019 for the first time in his career. He spent a little over a month with the big league club to end the season, playing in 28 games and picking up five extra-base hits in 48 trips to the plate – including two home runs.

The left-handed hitter will be 28-years-old next year, but he’s got plenty of versatility to help out a team, too. There’s power in his bat – he hit 30 home runs with 30 doubles this season between Triple-A and the Major Leagues. He’s also got some speed to use on the bases, and he can play left field, right field, first base, and cover you in center field as a back up if you need him to.

For the Reds side of the deal, they are going to be getting back an unannounced amount of cash and a player to be named later. Given the timing of the deal, the player to be named could be unnamed until spring. It’s possible they are named before that, but the two teams have a while to sort out those details if they so choose.


Just wanted to update this to add a quick statement via twitter from Brian O’Grady about the move.

15 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    Knew it was a risk,
    Hope we do not lose Jimmy also.
    Hope the guy we picked up provides move value.

  2. Colorado Red

    Along the PTBNL realm, did they ever announce who we got for Scooter?

    • Doug Gray

      Cash money. No player, just an unspecified amount of monies.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Getting Monies is never a bad thing.

  3. Michael P

    Interesting we chose to keep Schebler over O’Grady. Management must think that Scott has a chance again at the MLB level.

    • RedNat

      I agree. O’Grady seems to have a higher upside than schebler. It’s like the reds don’t want to give up on him and Peraza

      • BK

        Until 2019, Schebler was consistently above 100 OPS+ across more than 1,200 plate appearances in the majors. If he’s healthy, he’s a really solid fourth OF that can step ip during an injury on a good team. Whether O’Grady’s AAA performance can translate to the majors is still very much in question. The upside is very much with Schebler and the Reds must believe he can achieve it given he’s still on the 40-man roster.

        That said, O’Grady has been a great story in perseverance. I hope he does well with the Rays.

  4. Old-school

    The Brewers trade for Urias takes them out of the Gregorius market. Reds might be in final 2 or 3.

  5. Mark

    I know it’s early technically but come on Reds let’s make a significant transaction here .

  6. Datdudejs

    Orioles placed Jonathon villar on waivers, if Reds claimed him would they owe him the 10 million or could they sign him for less?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      If they claim him, they would have to pay his current contract, plus any increase he might get in arbitration. His career OBP of .328 and OPS+ of 97 are not what they are looking for.

      • BigBill

        i am pretty sure you are wrong on this one. Villar would make a great upgrade with 20 plus hr’s, solid fielding and top notch speed on the bases.

  7. Curt

    That didn’t take long. So much for sneaking him through waivers. And not to just any team, The Rays!…the smartest, low budget team in baseball. “How do they do it” we all ask!? By making moves like this. By not holding on to Aguilar because of what he did 2 seasons ago and picking up O’G from a team where he’s blocked by a lifetime contract.
    Yeah, I get it, at the end of the day O’G is a 1B and Votto is our man, plain and simple. Ho ho ho. This is really the kind of move the Reds should be making but the Reds can’t seem to decide if they’re the Cubs/Cardinals or Rays/A’s. You tell me. If it’s the former, they should just consider trading all “four” of last years call-ups, Senzel included and get the veteran players that Bell will play and trust. Build the team around Votto and Suarez. Spend for Didi, Ozuna, and whoever else and call it a day, maybe win the wild-card or more. Worked for the Nationals, albeit with a ton of money but hey Bob and the shareholders are mega-rich, no problem.

    Meanwhile, good luck to Brian O’Grady and thanks for the great year in Louisville. This could be his lucky break, He’ll get to play and hone his skills against the Yankees and Red Sox. If recent history continues, we may even be watching him in the play-offs next season. He might even put up better numbers than Votto. I wouldn’t bet against it.
    As for the Reds, I hope the guy the A’s and Padres didn’t want works out. Martini, is it? Stats say if he gets to the plate he, er, gets on base..better. Who knows. We shall see.
    It’s raining Turkey’s here in L.A.