The Cincinnati Reds have traded Tommy Pham according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jim Bowden, also of The Athletic was the first to report that Pham was heading to the Boston Red Sox.
The Tommy Pham era in Cincinnati is always going to be remembered for one thing: The time he slapped Joc Pederson in the face before a game between the Reds and the San Francisco Giants over a year-old fantasy football rules issue (and reportedly some trash talk on the San Diego Padres from the previous season in the fantasy football group text).
While we will never be able to scrub our brains with enough bleach to erase the insanity of that story, Pham had some success at the plate in Cincinnati. He also had some struggles, too. The outfielder had a big month of June, hitting .283/.362/.511 with six home runs. But he followed that up by hitting just .204/.255/.245 in July with three extra-base hits and none of them were home runs. July drug his season line down to .238/.320/.374. He did hit left-handed pitching well, posting an OPS of .834 against them, so he could likely provide good value against lefties.
The return for Tommy Pham isn’t yet known. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that the Reds will be receiving a player to be named later in the deal (the Reds later announced it would be a player to be named later or cash considerations).
This move opens up a spot on the roster. Aristides Aquino seems like the guy most likely to take the spot on the active roster as his rehab assignment ends tomorrow and he would either need to return or be designated for assignment. He’s hitting .310/.408/.667 in 12 rehab games with Triple-A Louisville. The team could also recall Stuart Fairchild or TJ Friedl from the minors (or taxi squad in the case of Fairchild). We’ll find out tomorrow what the move happens to be. We’ll be waiting a while longer, probably, to find out which player will be coming over from the Red Sox.