We all expected it, but it’s finally official:
The Reds have filed a grievance against the Washington Nationals over the trade that brought sore-shouldered reliever Gary Majewski to Cincinnati last season.
The Reds contend that Nationals general manager Jim Bowden failed to inform them of Majewski’s shoulder problems when they got the right-hander as part of an eight-player deal last July 13.
Majewski has struggled since joining the Reds, and is in the minors this season.
Major League Baseball spokesman Patrick Courtney confirmed the grievance on Saturday. Baseball officials will gather information about the disputed deal, and could decide to let it stand or force the teams to amend it.
There is no timetable for resolving the dispute, which has been simmering since last August. Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky declined to comment on Saturday.
I don’t expect much to come of this…but it’s a shame that Jim Bowden has continued to screw the Reds even after his tenure here ended so unceremoniously.