5:55 pm: The Reds have agreed to trade the midfielder Tommy FamKen Rosenthal reports from The Athletic.on Twitter). The Red Sox are acquiring Pham, according to Athletic’s Jim Bowden (Twitter link). MLB.com’s Mark Vinsand mentioned the Red Sox as one of the finalists.
It’s a bit of a surprising move for the Boston team who have just agreed to ditch their mains, Christian Vasquez, to the stars. However, the Red Sox’s head of baseball operations, Chaim Bloom, emphasized that they’re not approaching the deadline with a strict “buyer” or “seller” mentality. Instead, Boston took a flexible approach to the deadline that had them ship Vázquez and listen to performances on the designated hitter. JD Martinez While bringing players like Pham and Backstop Reese McGuire. Monday’s Sox play 3 1/2 games in the American League Wild Card race which gets them navigating a tough spot for extended runs.
Boston is trying to pick up some talent over the long haul while not quite rocking the 2022 campaign, and it makes sense that there are more moves on the horizon. At Pham, they added a right bat to a corner pitch mix that was so disappointing in 2022. Alex Verdugo It has scaled back to a .269/ .308/ .376 tone appearing with only six Homer in 402 plate appearances. The right club players – basically Jackie Bradley Jr. – Hit .199/ .262/ .316.
Pham, who signed a one-year contract with the Reds in spring training, was more productive than the current Boston players. The 34-year-old has a .238/.320/.374 streak with 11 Homers in 387 trips to the plate. His walking rate of 10.9%, despite his career low, is still slightly better than the league average. It’s consistently making a fair amount of hard calling, even though its power output isn’t in line with above-average exit speeds. That’s largely because Pham hits a lot of ground balls, but it should nonetheless represent an offensive improvement over the Sox’s indoor options.
With Cincinnati, Pham played exclusively left field or designated hitter. He sees the bulk of his playing time left in Fenway, where he’s supposed to kick Verdugo into the right field and cut Bradley’s playing time. Boston baseball’s head coach Haim Blume was in the Rays front office during Pham’s prime days with Tampa Bay, clearly hoping the veteran defensive player can rediscover something like this productive form.
Pham is making $6 million this season, with a payout of just over $2 million. Assuming the Red Sox picked up the rest of that tab, Cincinnati would save a little money for an extended run. The payout is not yet known, but it seems likely that the Reds will get a second chance for a player who was set to hit the free agent market after this season.
More is coming.