The Reds Have Traded Amir Garrett for … Mike Minor?

It’s been a tough offseason to be a Reds fan, as the team continues tearing their payroll roster down to the studs. Since the end of last season, the team has lost Nick Castellanos (opt-out), Michael Lorenzen (free agency), Wade Miley (waivers), Tucker Barnhart (trade), Sonny Gray (trade), Eugenio Suarez (trade), and Jesse Winker (trade).

And today, you can add reliever Amir Garrett to the pile.

Except, unlike the Reds other trades this offseason, this one doesn’t bring back a prospect or young player to dream on. Instead, it’s … 34-year-old lefty Mike Minor? Okay.

And there’s no financial flexibility to be gained, either: Mike Minor is actually guaranteed at least $11M from here on out ($10M in 2022 plus a $13M club option, $1M buyout in 2023), compared to the $2.2M Garrett is projected to receive via arbitration.

Maybe the Reds are entertaining a trade for Luis Castillo and wanted to ensure that they’d have enough arms to cover the rotation now that Gray is already out the door? I don’t know, to be honest.

Minor is a fairly healthy pitcher, so he will gobble up some innings for Cincinnati, and Garrett had a really rough 2022 campaign, but … I still don’t get. Trading Garrett now is selling WAY low on a 29-year-old reliever, who probably would have been an attractive trade deadline target if he bounced back in the first half of the season. And trading him for a 34-year-old starter that costs more money? I’m befuddled and come back to the idea that there might just be more coming.

Anyway, there will be no love lost for NL Central/Cubs fans, whose favorite teams had more than one run-in with Garrett over the years. Oh, and Báez and Garrett will be in the same division again. So that’s fun.

UPDATE: This helps explain it a bit more from the Royals point of view, at least.

My personal favorite:

Also this one:

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It goes on.

Anyway, see ya.

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