The Cincinnati Reds have acquired outfielder Scott Heineman from the Texas Rangers via a trade, which was first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. In return the Reds sent Texas infield prospect Jose Acosta.

During the 2020 season Scott Heineman played in 24 games with the Texas Rangers, but about half of those games came off of the bench. In total he hit .154/.185/.269 over his 54 plate appearances with two walks and 11 strikeouts. During 2019, his rookie season, he played in 25 games for the Rangers and hit a bit better – but still struggled – posting a .213/.306/.373 line across his 85 plate appearances.

It was what he did in Triple-A in the 2019 season that may have drawn the Reds attention, though. With Triple-A Nashville he played in 42 games and hit .340/.412/.553. Of course, it’s worth noting that 2019 was the year in which Triple-A began to use the juiced Major League Baseball version of the ball and it seemed that everyone all of a suddenly found big time power. In 2018 in 107 games for Triple-A Round Rock, Heineman hit .295/.355/.429 – showing far less power.

Defensively he’s played all three outfield spots in the Major Leagues, with most of his action coming in center field. He has also had some time at first base for the Rangers at the big league level after never playing there as a professional – though he did play some at both first and third in college at Oregon.

The acquisition of Heineman puts the Reds 40-man roster at 32 players, including seven outfielders. It feels fairly safe to say that at this point, he’s the 7th player on the outfield depth chart.

As for the player the Reds traded to the Texas Rangers, Jose Acosta is likely someone only the die-hard prospect followers have heard of. In 2019 he began the season in the Dominican Summer League before making his way over to the Arizona Rookie League later in the year. It was a heck of a season that he put together, though, as I named him the farm system’s Minor League Hitter of the Year after hitting .395/.481/.579 between the two stops in his 53 games and 234 plate appearances. He walked 31 times, had 41 strikeouts, and stole 26 bases while only being caught once as a 19-year-old. The switch-hitter didn’t play in 2020 as the minor league season was wiped out. He was unranked among the prospect lists.

52 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Seventh player on the outfield depth chart? Maybe not. haha Never know what DB is thinking. LOL He thinks differently than most of us. 🙂 At least he bats right so there is no excuse to use him most of the time against RH pitchers.

    • Doug Gray

      He’ll get plenty of at-bats against right handed pitchers. In Triple-A.

  2. Greenfield Red

    With that batting average, he’ll fit right in.

    • Melvin

      As long as he swings as hard as he can on every pitch. We don’t want any light swingers. 🙂

    • Jimbo44CN

      OMG. Another stunning deal!! Brilliant I say, just brilliant!!

    • dennis joseph duffy

      I thought Votto would RETIRE is he hit less than 240. Comeon Joey, $25 million is way too much on a buget conciernce roster

      • Frankie Tomatoes

        Take that up with the cheap ownership group, DJD. It is not Joeys fault that they don’t want to spend money to build a winner.

  3. SteveLV

    Deals like this probably don’t end up meaning anything, but I don’t get trading a 20 year old prospect who tore up the age-appropriate league he was last in for a 28 year old guy who probably won’t get much better, given that he’s 28, and who you don’t need. Tried to come up with a plausible explanation and drew a blank.

    If Jose turns out to be a solid major leaguer, it will bring a whole to meaning to being Acosta’d in a trade. (Sorry – couldn’t help it.)

    • Michael E

      100% agree. It’d be one thing if our OF was thin, with a couple .600 OPS hitters starting and little quality depth, but the Reds OF, while disappointing in 2020 (everyone was), was fair from a spot needing a meddling AAAA player. Who knows, maybe we just got Nelson Cruz? He was a perennial AAAA player for the Rangers before breaking out kind of late (near his prime basically).

      I guess is Acosta wasn’t ranked, then the talent isn’t really there? That said, that 1.5 months of stats was pretty nice. We’ll see. A fairly high K rate against rookie ball pitching, but stealing loads of bases. Obviously, as noted, he is an unknown to just about all of us, maybe his future tools are considered subpar.

    • Hotto4Votto

      Silly to trade a solid prospect, even if a lotto ticket, for AAA depth at our deepest position. Especially when they could find a similar guy a sign without giving up anyone.

      • Stock

        Agree with Steve 100% but Hotto4Votto brings up another great point. There are so many guys so similar that are FA. You gave away VanMeter and Fairchild for a 7 inning rental of Bradley. If VanMeter isn’t the spitting image of Heineman I don’t know what is. Maybe Brian O’Grady whom the Reds could have signed in early December when he was a FA.

  4. Greenfield Red

    On a slightly more serious note, why would any team trade a long shot young player, a long shot for sure, but a chance to be special, for a 28 year old 7th outfielder with terrible ML stats with no chance to make any kind of difference at the major league level?

    There will be tons of better players available on the waiver wire who will cost nothing in prospect capital.

    I simply don’t get it.

    • Doug Gray

      I, too, am confused here. Especially given that Heineman was non-tendered two weeks ago and at least for a second, was a free agent before re-signing with the Rangers.

      • Kevin Patrick

        Maybe the Reds are aware of an injury that may have hurt his stats. I’m guessing somebody somewhere is pretty high on him.

      • DaveCT

        Doug, wasn’t Acosta old for the DSL and the AZ League?

      • Charles

        Confusing? Ditto. Someone high him? Ditto. The other possibility is that we are moving a couple of outfielders so that number 7 may shrink.

      • Still a Red

        Maybe the Rangers put a bid on him right away…this way the Reds didn’t have to up it…altho they did give away a prospect…if you can call him that at this point. Heineman’s 4 year minor stats are good…pretty limited major appearances…but as we know, its a big jump to the majors. Maybe he’s on board to make Aquino compete.

    • Jimbo44CN

      Agree 100% . I don’t understand much of anything they have done so far.

  5. LDS

    A new Reds dynasty in the making? I really enjoy the blind optimism that many of you still have. Sadly, mine has pretty much faded. Bell’s still there, Bauer isn’t. Pretty much sums up the Reds 2021 season.

  6. Bob Purkey

    Good thing that we’ll have a load of “prospects” at Louisville this year! ! ! !

    • wallyum

      Not at this rate. I hear they’re thinking of giving up a few prospects for the rights to Jose Canseco, just in case he decides to return to the game.

      • Greenfield Red

        I heard the Reds were trading Luis Castillo to the Yankees for the rights to Bucky Dent. I hope that’s incorrect.

  7. IndyDoug

    Wow! Would love to hear Krall’s rationale for this one. He was non-tendered and Reds gave up their minor league hitter of the year in 2019 after Heineman re-signed with the Rangers? Reds are becoming the Houston Texans of MLB trading genius…

    • KetteringRedsFan

      I do NOT understand this trade…………

      What are we missing? The incriminating negatives? The video cuts on the laptop?

      Do we owe someone something and this is a form of repayment?

      This is the complete antithesis of everything we’ve been pleading for around here.

      Paging Mr. Williams…..Paging Mr. Williams to the white courtesy phone………

      • KetteringRedsFan

        Krall’s predecessor.

        In retrospect, he looks better every day.

  8. Mark

    Reds are trading for players designated by the RANGERS!!!!!!!!! We already have a right handed outfield bat that has the ability to hit .154. His name is Aristides Aquino. We can’t trade for top minor league talent but we sure can trade it away. Acosta is a 20 year old that hit over .400 this season.

    • Doug Gray

      But this one, Heineman, can actually play center field. Not that it changes my mind about the acquisition cost, but he’s not the same thing as Aquino, who is a corner outfielder.

      • Melvin

        If Choo played CF Aquino certainly can too. We didn’t need to make this trade from what I can see anyway. i wander if David Bell has a big hand in the moves that are being made. He wanted to have a large input in the front office from the beginning if I’m not mistaken.

      • CP

        Choo had a 150 wRC+. You can play anywhere with a 150 wRC+.

    • Jimbo44CN

      You are going to judge Aquino on what little time he got this year? His BA was not much worse than the rest of the team,. I looked the other day and in 2020 Reds were dead last in Batting average. Terrible.

  9. Jon

    DeSclafani to the Giants. He can join Cueto and Gausman in their rotation. The Reds projected rotation of Castillo, Gray, Mahle, Lorenzen, and Miley looks decent, but could definitely use another proven starter option to knock out Miley. DeSclafani would have been a solid option, but apparently $6 million is too much for the Reds.

  10. Mark

    We could have just resigned Phillip Ervin he was cut today this move makes zero since what is wrong with Krall????

    • Westfester

      Ervin just got DFA’d by the Mariners. The Reds have seen enough of him.

  11. RedsGettingBetter

    Well…Jose Acosta had very good offensive stats as rookie player and Why the Reds acquire another bench OF? …I think he seems to be a kind of low-cost Goodwin…

  12. west larry

    The giants signed Disco to a one year contract. Now I’m waiting for the big fish-Bauer- to sign elsewhere.

  13. Randy in Chatt

    Baseball Reference says he is a right handed hitter

  14. Michael E

    I hope we work on our lack of OF depth next.

    Hunter Greene straight up for Billy Hamilton. Then we’re talking contender.

    • Michael E

      You can never have too many sub-replacement level OFs to start over your good ones. David Bell is smiling from ear to ear.

  15. Doc

    I didn’t see Marty’s comment, but I certainly agree with. My solution is that any ball hit out of the park is a ground rule double, at least until the ninth inning.

  16. Hotto4Votto

    Woo-Hoo! Another OF’er, just what was on every Reds fan wish list. This offseason stove is Red Hot! The league sets em up and Krall knocks em down.

  17. doofus

    You hit on something that I totally agree with, or maybe I am just punch-drunk from shoveling snow at 1am in the morning.

    “Would much rather see more action on the field. Triples, stolen bases, close plays at any base, than the current K, HR or bust style.”

    Love the Big Red Machine, because they were capable of providing all facets of an offensive game.

    Watching Suarez cork-screw himself into the ground when all he needed to do to advance a runner or plate him was a single to right.

    My Kingdom for TRUE hitters who have a clue!

  18. GreatRedLegsFan

    It’s certainly a very confusing and unnecessary move, unless they’re planning to offload some other outfielders out of the roster. As things stand now, Winker, Akiyama, Senzel and Castellanos shall carry the lion’s share; leaving this guy, Payton and Aquino out of the picture.

  19. Redsvol

    For the reason that I’ve been hoping the Reds switch from an all or nothing offensive philosophy to one that relies more on getting on and moving runners, I see some hope in this signing. Heinmen’s OBP at sites where he was given some significant at bats was very good. Also appears to have speed. Not much power until 2019 but that isn’t what we need. We need some guys who get on base and make contact.

    I am disappointed to give up a hitter who appears to have promise but its probably a distant 3 years or more away whereas Heinmen can help this year. To me this signals a move away from guys like Aquino and Suarez. I’m very in favor of trading Suarez and Winker while they still have value. Plug Senzel back into the infield and give Shogo CF please!

  20. Broseph

    It’s the double-edge sword of analytics and progress. Look at the NBA, and NFL, you’re hard pressed to find any more Jordan-style dance to the hoop or gritty, Jim Brown runs bouncing off tacklers when you can simply shoot a ball from an additional 5 feet and get an extra point every time or throw a football effortlessly over 6 of the defenders and get 20 additional yards.

    Teams have exposed flaws to the three biggest sports – the risk of HR, 3-pointers, and passing yards for TDs are relatively low compared to the exponentially high rewards they provide.

    It stinks, and is less entertaining, with perhaps an exception to more passing in NFL, but it’s not going to revert back in any of these sports unless they change the rules – I.e move the three point line back, move fences back, etc.

  21. Bob Purkey

    You know, I ALMOST hate to log into this site any longer, as I am just afraid to see another mind numbing/cost cutting move, trade for an OF who hits .158, or 32 year old pitcher with a 4.50 ERA