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.