The Cincinnati Reds have made a trade to acquire outfielder Delino DeShields from the Boston Red Sox. He is the son of Reds first base coach Delino DeShields.

This move is one at the minor league level. DeShields is not on the 40-man roster and has not been added to the 40-man roster. The Reds traded an undisclosed amount of cash for the 29-year-old outfielder and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

The younger DeShields played in parts of six big league seasons from 2015-2020, but has not seen action in the big leagues in 2021. For his career he’s hit .246/.326/.340 in 576 big league games and he’s stolen 109 bases. Defensively he’s played center more than anywhere else, but he has also played left field and has seen three innings at second base back in 2015.

In 2021 he’s split time between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox Triple-A teams. In 66 games with the Rangers organization he hit .263/.392/.368 for Round Rock with 50 walks and 62 strikeouts. He then played in 18 games with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Worcester and hit .210/.355/.355 with 13 walks and 24 strikeouts. Between the two stops he’s also stolen 21 bases in 24 attempts.

In Triple-A this season he’s hit right-handed pitching much better than left-handed pitching. Against righties he’s had 281 plate appearances and hit .271/.399/.384. But against lefties he’s struggled in his 83 plate appearances, posting a .206/.329/.338 line. Like his big league time, he’s played mostly center and left – but he has played a few games at second base – all of those games coming when he was with Round Rock in the Rangers organization.

For those wondering how a trade can happen beyond the trade deadline, it’s quite simple. The trade deadline is only for players on the 40-man roster. If a player is not on the 40-man roster then they can still be traded. Louisville recently lost outfielder Ender Inciarte, who was released, and now they get another veteran big leaguer to roam their outfield and perhaps provide some big league depth if needed.

27 Responses

  1. Alan Horn

    Do you know what we gave up for him?

    • Alan Horn

      Never mind. Per Boston got cash.

      • Doug Gray

        It’s also the 5th sentence of the article you are commenting on.

      • Redsvol

        Ha! Doug – you’re getting feisty in your old age!

      • Corey

        Does anyone know of a site to get information about the Reds? I’m looking to be a part of a Nation of Reds fans.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    No impediments to bringing up Barrero. Interesting 24 hours ahead.

  3. J

    But the trade deadline has passed. How is it possible to make a trade now?
    (It’s just a joke, Doug….)

  4. LDS

    Wow, yet another game-changer. At least, this guy knows how to run and steal bases. And that’s a plus. And he doesn’t hit LH’ers well so he’ll fit right in. Expect him to be called up at any minute.

    • LDS

      Not to mention how well nepotism is working out for the Reds already

      • greenmtred

        Since the Reds are exceeding almost everybody’s expectations this year, it seems that nepotism (if that’s actually what it is) is working out okay.

  5. MBS

    The replacement for Ender Inciarte in AAA

  6. Votto4life

    Likely didn’t cost more than pocket change…not on the 40 man roster…likely a gesture to his father..doesn’t hurt anything.

  7. Klugo

    Wait, we already released Inciarte??

  8. RedsGettingBetter

    In my humble opinion , they could keep Inciarte for more time (he had a line .263/.337/.325 , some lack of pop maybe) unless there was disciplinary arguments involved…

    • Doug Gray

      I have no information on this, but I would venture it’s a safe guess that he had an opt-out clause if the team wasn’t going to add him to the roster and they weren’t so he took it with the hopes that someone else would give him an opportunity.

  9. west larry

    Raining hard in cincy now? Todays game cancelled.

  10. Indy Red Man

    Last week I saw where in Marte’s first 25 with the A’s he hit .355 with 19 steals. He’s 33 I think? I’d give up Tucker and Sonny and/or Miley to put him in CF. If Nick goes then as good a replacement as they could find

    • greenmtred

      Seems like a very high price for a 31 year-old outfielder, Indy. He’s good now, but for how long? Greene and Lodolo look like sure things, but there is no such thing in baseball, and losing Gray or Miley would make a weakness out of a current strength unless one or both of them stay healthy and pitch to expectations.

  11. Redsvol

    @Indy – I’d love to see Marte on Reds in 2022. Not for 12$M but especially if we lose Nick C. He gets on base and hits both left handers and right handers fairly well the last 2 seasons. He is a free agent after this year so no need to trade for him.

    • Indy Red Man

      I was talking about the payroll end of it for the Reds. Probably stuck with $70 mil at 3b so I don’t see them cranking it up next year

      • Jim Walker

        Counting the buyouts on the option years, I make it closer to $75M combined sunken costs after 2021 in Moose ($38M) and Suárez ($35M).

        Moose also has a bunch of potential award bonuses but most of them seem like pie in the sky now. MVP(top 3); Gold Glove; All Star; Silver Slugger. If he won MVP and all the others in a given year, it could come to $500K.

  12. MK

    Wish they would have taken a shot at Adam Eaton instead.

  13. Tom Reeves

    DeShields has two hits tonight and a great base running play tonight for the Redlegs.

    So I guess he got added to the 40 man and has at least made a difference in tonight’s game.