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Reds Acquire Veteran Infielder from Pirates

David Kaestle
Reds Aquire Pirates infielder Kevin Newman.
Reds Aquire Pirates infielder Kevin Newman. / Associated Press

The Cincinnati Reds dealt shortstop Kyle Farmer to the Minnesota Twins on Friday night but it didn't take long for them to find a replacement as they promptly traded for infielder Kevin Newman from the Pittsburgh Pirates just a few hours later.

Kevin Newman Trade

Newman had just been tendered a contract by Pittsburgh, but apparently the Pirates weren't too keen on keeping him around. They immediately flipped him to Cincinnati for right-hander Dauri Moreta in a rare intra-division trade.

Newman's performance varied wildly with the Pirates. He posted an .800 OPS in his first full season in 2019, only to crater to a .570 OPS over the next two seasons combined. He bounced back a bit in 2022, batting a solid .274 with a .687 OPS.

Both teams are rebuilding, so Pittsburgh was likely looking to sell high on Newman in case his performance goes back in the tank. The Pirates also see potential in Moreta, who has 43 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP in 42 MLB innings so far.

The Reds, on the other hand, are getting some versatility in Newman, who can play both shortstop and second base. He also may perform better in Cincinnati, which has a more hitting-friendly park than Pittsburgh.

Both clubs are looking to improve in 2023 after finishing with identical 62-100 records in 2022, tying for last place in the NL Central.

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