Cincinnati Reds & San Francisco Giants Complete Trade

The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants have completed a trade to address the Reds' outfield depth issues. 

The Reds acquired veteran outfielder Austin Slater from the Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Alex Young. 

This move comes as the Reds grapple with multiple injuries in their outfield, including Jake Fraley on the Family Emergency List, Nick Martini on the 10-day Injured List, and both TJ Friedl and Stuart Fairchild also sidelined. 

Slater, a 31-year-old with eight seasons in San Francisco, brings a career OPS of .735 and 39 home runs over 593 games to Cincinnati.

Despite a challenging 2024 season with a .200 average and .574 OPS, Slater has demonstrated effectiveness against left-handed pitching, boasting a career OPS of .804 against southpaws compared to .655 against righties.

The Reds are banking on Slater's ability to bounce back and provide valuable depth and versatility, particularly given their current injury woes and their aspirations in the Wild Card race.

In return, the Giants receive Alex Young, a 30-year-old left-hander who has shown promise with a 1.19 ERA in 23 appearances at Triple-A Louisville this season and has yet to allow a run in three big league appearances for the Reds. 

Young, who had a solid 2023 season with a 3.86 ERA in 63 games, adds a reliable arm to the Giants' bullpen. 

Additionally, the Giants included cash considerations to offset Slater's $4 million salary. This trade allows the Giants to enhance their pitching roster while the Reds bolster their lineup as they strive to improve their standings.

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