Here’s what Nick Krall, Reds general manager, had to say about the trade that sent Tommy Pham to the Red Sox

Miami – Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall has described left winger Tommy Pham as one of the toughest workers ever to have at the club. But with the Reds rebuilding, Kral Pham replaced the Boston Red Sox on Monday night for the player to be named later.

Pham was scratched by the Reds’ squad minutes before kick-off in Monday’s first game in Miami, and was informed he had been traded. He qualifies to become a free agent at the end of the season, and the Red Sox will receive his remaining salary, approximately $2.1 million, and a $500,000 commercial commissioning bonus.

“He was really good, very prepared, took his craft very seriously and worked on it,” Krall said. “We really enjoyed having him at the club. With who we are, this allows us to play one of the youngsters. It gives him the chance to reach the playoffs.”

Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) was traded to the Boston Red Sox on August 1, 2022.

Under the rule, a player to be named later, usually a low-level prospect, cannot be someone on the club’s 40-player roster or someone selected in last month’s draft.

It’s the Reds’ third rebuilding trade since Thursday, sending defensive back Tyler Naquin to the New York Mets and Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners in search of younger prospects.

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Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) picks up a ball in the fifth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) picks up a ball in the fifth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

After trading Naquin and Pham, the Reds’ stadium consists of Nick Senzel, Jake Fraley and Albert Almora. Aristides Aquino will be activated from Tuesday’s rehab task, Krall said, and Aquino was the only player mentioned by Krall when asked about the team’s starting left player for the rest of the season.

“We want to make sure we give the players enough games at the big league level to gain experience here, improve and keep improving,” Krall said.

The Reds still have several commercial candidates ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. Infielders Brandon Drury and Donovan Solano are eligible to become free agents at the end of the season. Right-handed Tyler Mahley may be the best pitcher available on the commercial market after Oakland shipped Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees. Mike Minor and Hunter Strickland are options for playoff contenders looking for depth of tone.

“We’re still working, trying to figure out how to make us better,” Krall said of the trades on the horizon.

FAM hit .238 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 39 RBI and 57 runs in 91 games this season. He slipped all through July, which he describes as the worst month of his career, with a hitting average of .204, two doubles, triples, zero bugs and .25 in base.

“Nothing but the positives,” said Reds coach David Bale. “I was imagining (if) I went through the whole club it would be the same comments. I knew that. I’ve known Tommy for a long time. It was great to bring him here and make him a part of our culture for what we’re trying to build, even if it’s for a short period of time. “.

Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) scores a double during the first half of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) scores a double during the first half of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Pham had one of baseball’s most memorable moments this season after he slapped San Francisco Giants player Jock Pederson before a game in May and was suspended for three games. He said he was ready to fight San Diego’s Luke Voight after sliding off the board, which he thought was a dirty play, left wrestler Tyler Stevenson with a concussion.

At the club, Pham was a well-respected veteran known for his consistent approach and determination to the rules.

“He had an edge for him,” said Reds midfielder Nick Senzel. “Honestly, he was one of the most hardworking guys in the room. He wanted to win. I learned a lot for him. He’s really smart at baseball. I know he’s got a bad rep, but I don’t think he’s very good at what he deserves. He was so good as a club guy, we’re going to miss him.” “.

“He’s a competitor, man,” said Reds’ Matt Reynolds. “Man, I’ve never seen a guy go in and take as many swings as he did. He was so meticulous with his swing and the movements he wanted to feel. He’s a good guy in the club. I’m sure people have opinions about all the things that happened, but as a A teammate, he was interested. He wanted to win.”

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Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) slides to third base safely with a three during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds left player Tommy Pham (28) slides to third base safely with a three during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

It was the third time the 34-year-old Pham was traded in his nine-year career. The Reds signed him as a free agent after they replaced Jesse Winker with Eugenio Suarez at the Mariners in March.

He signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Reds during spring training, which includes a $6 million mutual option for the 2023 season and a $1.5 million buyout. He has earned an additional $200,000 through incentives and can earn an additional $800,000 if he exceeds 600 panel impressions.

Pham became a clear commercial candidate after the Reds opened with a 3-22 record as a pending free agent. However, he gave a lot of praise to the coaching staff and the team’s talent throughout the year.

“Six players slipped into positions and we didn’t have Castillo and Mayor,” Pham said of the Reds’ three-game winning streak in April. “This team is close. I already said it. This is a good team. Bad things happened to us early in the year and we put ourselves in a big hole.”

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Tommy Pham traded to the Boston Red Sox from the Cincinnati Reds

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