August 15, 2022

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Reds send Pham to Boston for PTBNL

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MIAMI — The Reds have traded left fielder Tommy Pham to the Red Sox on Monday for a player to be named, about 24 hours ahead of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

Neither club has confirmed the trade.

Moments before Cincinnati opened its three-game series vs. Miami, Pham was scratched from the lineup and was replaced by Matt Reynolds.

Pham, 34, was signed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract by the Reds on March 26, with a $1.5 million buyout on a $6 million mutual option for 2023. The deal included a $500,000 bonus, should he be traded.

This is the third trade the Reds have made leading up to the Deadline. The club moved outfielder Tyler Naquin to the Mets for two Minor Leaguers on Thursday and rotation ace Luis Castillo to the Mariners for four prospects, including two players in the Top 100 overall rankings by MLB Pipeline.

When he joined the Reds, Pham referred to the 2022 season as his opportunity for a “revenge tour,” to build up his personal offensive numbers after he languished as a free agent well into Spring Training. The right-handed hitter did not entirely meet his own expectations as he batted .238 with a .694 OPS, 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 91 games this season.

Pham has not hit a home run since June 30, a span of 25 games. He finished his tenure with the Reds in a 0-for-10 slump after a three-hit game vs. the Marlins on Thursday.

One of the more bizarre moments of the season involved Pham, who was suspended for three games on May 27 for slapping Giants outfielder Joc Pederson in the face during batting practice. The incident stemmed from an offseason fantasy football dispute.

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