Reds Acquire Kevin Newman – MLB Trade Rumors

The Reds and Pirates agreed to an intra-divisional commerce that sends infielder Kevin Newman to Cincinnati for reliever Dauri Moreta. Both groups have introduced the deal.

Newman adjustments organizations for the primary time in his profession. Pittsburgh chosen him with the nineteenth general choose within the 2015 draft, and he reached the majors roughly three years later. He struggled in 31 video games down the stretch as a rookie, however he had a strong sophomore displaying. The University of Arizona product hit .308/.353/.446 throughout 531 plate appearances in 2019, securing the first shortstop job within the course of.

He held the position for the following couple of seasons, however his offensive productiveness wilted. Newman had effectively beneath-common numbers in each 2020-21, combining to hit simply .226/.268/.302 by way of 726 plate appearances. Even with sturdy defensive metrics in 2021, his general manufacturing hovered proper round alternative degree. The rebuilding Bucs continued to present him alternatives, nevertheless, and he righted the ship sufficient this 12 months that they managed to discover a commerce companion.

The 29-12 months-previous posted a .274/.316/.372 mark over 309 plate appearances this previous season. He misplaced over two months to a left groin pressure mid-12 months, however his manufacturing charge was his finest since 2019. The righty hitter’s general offensive profile hasn’t modified a lot all through his profession. Newman makes a ton of contact, placing the ball in play early in counts to suppress each his strikeout and stroll totals. He has little or no energy, with simply 20 profession house runs — 12 of which got here throughout a 2019 season that noticed arguably the liveliest ball in league historical past. He’s reliant on a top quality batting common on balls in play to prop up his numbers however seems to be like an honest backside-0f-the-lineup possibility when sufficient singles drop in.

Newman’s calling card is his capacity to play up the center. He’s logged over 2500 large league innings at shortstop, usually score at or a bit beneath league common. He drew high quality marks in 2021, however for his profession, he is been an estimated 9 runs beneath common in accordance with Defensive Runs Saved and 6 runs beneath par within the estimation of Statcast. Public metrics have rated him barely beneath common in just below 800 profession frames at second base as effectively.

The presence of Oneil Cruz in Pittsburgh displaced Newman at shortstop. The Bucs may’ve relied upon him at second base, however they could choose to take an extended take a look at the 23-12 months-previous Rodolfo Castro with a watch in the direction of finally turning issues to a prospect like Nick Gonzales p Liover Peguero.

Cincinnati has much less readability at shortstop Jose Barrero to date failing to grab the place. The Reds deal Kyle Farmer to the Twins this night and will use a steady possibility to carry down the place till the arrival of the highest prospect Elly De La Cruz, who turns 21 in January and completed this 12 months in Double-A. Newman is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz for a $2.8MM wage; he is controllable by way of 2024.

Moreta, 26, obtained his first large league name late in 2021. The 6’2″ righty pitched in 4 video games down the stretch however acquired some first rate runs this previous season. The Reds known as upon Moreta 35 occasions in reduction, and he labored to a 5.40 ERA by way of 38 1/3 innings. Moreta punched out an honest 24.4% of opponents in opposition to a mean 8.1% stroll charge, however he was completed in by main house run points. He surrendered 10 longballs (a mean of two.35 per 9 innings), thanks largely to a really low 32.7% floor-ball charge.

That excessive fly-ball propensity made him a tough match for Cincinnati’s hitter-pleasant house setting, however he may have a greater go within the extra spacious PNC Park. Moreta has a fastball that sits just below 96 MPH on common, and he missed bats on a strong 11% of his choices this 12 months. With a extra favorable house park, it is potential he interprets these first rate strikeout and stroll numbers into viable center innings work. He will not attain arbitration till a minimum of the top of the 2024 marketing campaign, and he can nonetheless be optioned to the minor leagues in every of the following two seasons. He’s an enormous league prepared center reduction depth possibility.

Ken Rosenthal and Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic first reported the Reds had been buying Newman. Biertempfel was first to report Cincinnati would obtain Moreta in return.

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