Reds trade Pham to Red Sox

Posted: 02/08/2022 in MLB
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The Cincinnati Reds traded outfielder Tommy Pham to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the clubs announced Monday.

Pham, 34, is hitting .238/.320/.374 with 11 homers and seven stolen bases over 91 games this season.

Once an underappreciated corner outfielder, Pham has shown signs of regression in recent years. Despite owning a 118 career wRC+, he’s posted a 95 wRC+ over the past three seasons with 29 homers and 27 steals over 277 games.

Boston’s outfield ranks 27th this season by FanGraphs WAR. Alex Verdugo has struggled to a .269/.308/.376 slash line with six homers.

The Red Sox were second in the AL East as recently as July 11 but seem to have pivoted toward selling after plummeting to last place. They are reportedly sending long-time catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros.

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