The Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers made a trade this afternoon, with the Reds sending right-handed reliever Daniel Duarte to Texas. Cincinnati designated Duarte for assignment last week when they officially signed lefty reliever Brent Suter and needed a spot on the 40-man roster. The Rangers didn’t want to take their chances on the waiver wire and made Cincinnati a trade offer. The Reds will get back an undisclosed amount of cash in return for Duarte.

For Duarte, he’s returning to the organization that originally signed him out of Mexico back in 2013. He was with them for four seasons before the Kansas City Royals selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December of 2017. They would release him following the 2019 season.

After signing with the Reds in 2020 and then again in 2021, Duarte would make his way to the big leagues in April of 2022, but an injury two weeks later put him on the injured list and he missed the next four months before returning at the end of the season. He would pitch in just three big league games that season.

Last season he began the year in the minor leagues with Triple-A Louisville, but found his way back to Cincinnati in the middle of June and went on to threw 31.2 innings with a 3.69 ERA in 31 games the rest of the way. Duarte entered the game with a runner on base seven times during the season but didn’t allow a single one of those runners to come around to score.

His control wasn’t great in his first 21 games with Cincinnati as he walked 10 batters and had 18 strikeouts over 20.2 innings through August. But when September rolled around his control went backwards as he walked 10 batters with just five strikeouts in 11.0 innings to close out his 2023 season with the Reds.

25 Responses

  1. AllTheHype

    One decent depth piece gone. It shows the strength of the 40 man, when other teams are trading for your DFAs before they can be claimed.

  2. The Duke

    Back in the day I liked to make a create a player named Cash Considerations in MLB games

    • DaveCT


      It’s good to have you around, Duke.

      Can get a bit scarce of wit in these parts at times.

    • Tom Reeves

      Did he hang out with Clarence Rack? Saw him at TJ Maxx the other day.

    • west larry

      yea, I would have a single a prospect in return.

  3. Doc

    I wonder if the cash considerations could be international signing poolcash.

    • Jason Franklin

      I believe that it would be listed as international cash if that’s the case. I assume there is more value placed on pool cash versus just regular cash considerations. I don’t know if Duarte was worth pool money.

  4. Tim

    “It’s always a good thing to be able to let decent players go to make room for better players.”

    • Oldtimer

      The Reds traded Claude Osteen for Dave Sisler (brother of Dick Sisler) in 1961. The Reds sold Mike Cuellar to CLE for cash in 1963.

      Not always good.

      • Tim

        Don’t hardly think at this point that Duarte is likely to be an Osteen.

  5. Colorado Red

    In listening to the Rockies broadcast a few years ago, a lot of players traded for cash consideration get $1.00.
    Maybe the Reds some a few dollars, and just wanted him to be in the AL.
    Of course, I have no insight into what they got.

  6. Alex Reds

    Signing 34 year old Brent Suter and his 3.38 ERA for $2.5M million and pushing Duarte and his 3.69 ERA off the roster is a tough one. Duarte had 5 years of cheap control left and a lot younger at 27 years old. Suter being a lefty isn’t actually all that helpful since he has reverse splits, so he’s better vs. righties. Plus, the Reds already had two lefties. Suter is a more proven player, but at 34 years old and a 1 year deal, just hard to say it’s worth it. Even worse, Duarte was a proven player with lots of control, young, and with an option for depth. Meanwhile, Buck Farmer has a 4.20 ERA at 32 years old. Casey Legumina 5.6 ERA on the 40 man roster at 26 years old. Carson Spiers 6.92 ERA also 26 years old. Hmmm. I don’t see why you would remove Duarte from the 40 man.

    • wkuchad

      Maybe I’m missing something, but was Duarte really a proven player?

      Plus, we have an option on Suter for year #2.

    • Old Big Ed

      Suter over his career has yielded an OPS against RH hitters of .706, and against LH hitters of .699. It was more in 2023, but he yielded an OPS against RH hitters of .585, which is outstanding. It is not a bad thing for a LH pitcher to be effective against RH hitters.

      Suter also had an OPS last year outside of Coors Field of .578. Given that curveballs don’t bite as much at high altitude, Suter was miscast pitching in Coors Field.

      Also, lefties like Suter tend to face only the better LH hitters. Votto in his heyday, for example, would never be lifted against a LH pitcher. Benson and Fraley are regularly pinch-hit for. If you add that to the Coors Field effect, and take into consideration that the 3-hitter rule pretty much has eliminated LOOGYs, Suter holds up fine.

      • Alex Reds

        To clarify, Suter over Duarte is currently looking good. But, Suter is also 34 years old and hopefully still has enough in the tank for a year or two. He also pitched better in 2023 than in 2022. Being a hometown kid, you’ve got to think he has the desire to have something left. With the 3 batter minimum, a lefty needs to get out righties. I’m mostly questioning why you would drop Duarte off the 40 man roster instead of Legumina or Spiers. Especially Spiers. Duarte at least can compete at the MLB level with a sub 4 ERA and has options and youth where there’s a nice potential long term reliever there. Anybody see Spiers geting anywhere near a 4.5 ERA in MLB? I doubt Spiers could pitch a 5 ERA in the majors. Duarte was only 1 year older than Spiers. Legumina still some upside that you could project a better reliever at some point in the future, but Spiers has no upside to be a good major league reliever < 4.5 ERA.

      • BK

        @Alex. Spiers dominated in the AFL and had a terrific year in the minors. He’s not close to the bubble. I’m not sure what led to the preference of Legumina over Duarte. They have similar pros/cons, but I agree Duarte has delivered better results in 2023.

  7. AMDG

    Maybe the reports are incorrect?

    Instead of Cash Considerations, perhaps the Reds traded Duarte for former Reds’ farmhand Cash Case?

  8. Bet on red

    The thing that confuses me is we hear the reds trading for Cash considerations alot, but we never see cash pitch

  9. RedBB

    Doug, how much cash do teams typically get in these type of deals? I’m guessing like 500K? TIA

  10. Michael B. Green

    A friend of mine was traded for a case of laundry detergent. That was in the minors, and he was a broadcaster, but I think cash considerations could consist of about anything.

    • Doug Gray

      This sounds like divorce court IYAM

      • Michael B. Green

        Well played, Mr. Gray. 🙂