The Cincinnati Reds have traded left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert to the Philadelphia Phillies. It wasn’t really a trade, though – at least not in the traditional sense. Philadelphia is sending the Reds an undisclosed amount of cash to buy his contract. In baseball that’s considered a trade for some reason.

Following the 2023 season, Tyler Gilbert was outrighted and cleared waivers while in the Diamondbacks organization. He elected to become a free agent in November and in January the lefty signed a minor league deal with the Reds that included an invite to big league spring training.

Spring training went well for Gilbert from a statistical standpoint. He pitched in five games and threw 9.0 innings while giving up two earned runs, walking one batter, and he struck out 11 of the 41 hitters he faced. That performance, though, still got him sent back to minor league camp on March 18th.

When the regular season began the Reds sent Tyler Gilbert to Triple-A where he pitched for the Louisville Bats. He made three starts and four relief appearances and to say things didn’t go well would be putting it nicely. He posted a 13.11 ERA in 11.2 innings where he allowed 24 hits – but no home runs – and walked six batters. That’s a WHIP of 2.57. He would strike out 13 of the 63 hitters he faced during him time with Louisville.

Gilbert, who threw a no-hitter in his first big league start (he had made three relief appearances earlier in the month of his rookie season) in 2021 with Arizona, is now on back with the Phillies. Philadelphia drafted him in the 6th round of the 2015 draft and he remained with them in the minors until he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2020 season. Arizona then picked him up in the minor league version of the Rule 5 draft and then spent much of the 2021 season in Triple-A before he was called up in August. Since then he’s been back-and-forth between Triple-A and the big leagues – all with the Diamondbacks until 2024 when he was with Louisville.

9 Responses

  1. RedsLife

    Looks like we are clearing space to move up some of the younger arms.

  2. jmb

    They just needed some money to sign Ford. Wong to Cubs was for the same reason.

  3. RedBB

    Better than nothing…prol allowed moneybags Ca$tellini to sign Ford with that money.

  4. Colorado Red

    Probably got $1.00
    Probably just giving him an opportunity.

  5. Mauired

    Wong was a small disaster that never made sense. Overall I’m impressed with Kralls trades, especially with Twins and Mets. The 1st Mariners trade was great. Still not a fan of the Castillo one.

    Anyways the Wong one was an illogical trade pickup from the beginning. They picked up Blake Sabol from Pirates in the rule five draft. Sabol is a Stephenson clone that bats lefty. But hes a catcher that plays outfield and 1st when not catching and he has tore up minor league pitching. He had to stick on the big league team last year as a rule five but with the 3 catcher situation that would have worked perfectly. Instead of having the basically useless Casali on the roster all year they could have had another valuable athletic power hitting rookie. This year he could have been stashed in Louisville or even been elevated to backup catcher to replace Maile.

    So instead of all that they decided to flip him to San Francisco for a 27 year old minor league reliever. Shockingly Wong was awful from the start and they quietly moved on from him.

    • Tom Diesman

      The Reds never intended to draft Sabol for their own use. Wong was simply a free player with no roster restrictions for drafting Sabol for the Giants who wanted him.

      “ The Reds took Sabol, a corner outfielder with experience as a catcher, with the No. 4 overall choice in Wednesday’s Rule 5 Draft from Pittsburgh’s farm system. It was part of a pre-draft agreement with San Francisco, and the Reds traded Sabol to the Giants for a player to be named later and cash.”

      • Mauired

        Well maybe they should have considered keeping him instead of flipping him.

        He was a much better and versatile 3rd catcher for SF last year than Casali.

        He’s probably better, younger, and cheaper than Maile.

        He’s ten times better than the guy they traded him for.