A flurry of major moves came in right at today’s 4 PM ET trade deadline, including one that saw Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke traded to the powerhouse Houston Astros. The Cincinnati Reds were in on the late action, too, as they followed up their huge deal with Cleveland last night and their trade of Tanner Roark to Oakland earlier today with a bit of a stunner - one that wasn’t announced until after the deadline had passed.
As MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reported, Scooter Gennett has been traded to the San Francisco Giants.
Gennett was traded to the Giants. He’s saying goodbye to teammates now. #reds have no announced yet though— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 31, 2019
Obviously, the 2019 season hasn’t gone as planned for Scooter, as a groin injury in spring training sapped his first 2+ months of the year. Since returning, he’s hit just .217/.236/.261 in a decidedly small sample, though his bat has appeared to begin coming around of late. That, of course, came on the heels of his brilliant 2017-2018 campaigns where he combined to hit .303/.351/.508 with 50 dingers after being plucked off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
The reported return is incredibly light for now - simple a Player To Be Named Later. I’m sure exactly who that PTBNL will eventually end up quite a notable one regardless of how they pan out, given how much of a local legend Scooter became in his time with the Reds.
For now, it would appear that both Josh VanMeter and Jose Peraza have clearer paths to everyday playing time, especially when you consider their versatility defensively and the departure last night of Yasiel Puig in the Trevor Bauer deal.