Reds agree to 1-year, $7.5M deal with Pham

Posted: 25/03/2022 in MLB
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The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a one-year, $7.5-million contract with outfielder Tommy Pham, a source told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale.

Pham’s reported deal includes a mutual option for the 2023 season.

His addition will provide the Reds with a middle-of-the-order bat, joining Jonathan IndiaJoey Votto, and Mike Moustakas. Pham should also help the Reds against left-handed pitching, thanks to an impressive .277/.403/.451 career slash line against southpaws.

The 34-year-old spent the past two seasons with the San Diego Padres, hitting .226/.335/.370 with 18 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 20 steals. He was stabbed in the back outside of a San Diego strip club in October 2020 and lost some of his strength after requiring 200 stitches.

Before his time with the Padres, Pham played five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and a season-and-a-half with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He received MVP votes in 2017 with the Cardinals and was a big part of the Rays’ 2019 success when they went deep into the playoffs.

The Reds have turned over a big portion of their roster this offseason, trading Sonny GrayEugenio SuarezJesse Winker, and Amir Garrett while adding Donovan SolanoMike Minor, and Hunter Strickland.

Additionally, Nick Castellanos opted out of his contract with the Reds after an All-Star campaign. He recently signed a five-year, $100-million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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