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

MIAMI – Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall called left fielder Tommy Pham one of the hardest workers he’s ever had in the clubhouse. But with the Reds rebuilding, Krall traded Pham to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night for a player to be named.

Pham was scratched from the Reds’ lineup minutes before first pitch Monday in Miami and was told he had been traded. He is eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, and the Red Sox will pick up his remaining salary, about $2.1 million, and a $500,000 trade assignment bonus.

“He was very good, very prepared, took his craft very seriously and got off his butt,” Krall said. “We loved having him at the club. With where we are, that allows us to play one of the younger guys. It gives him a chance to make it to the playoffs.”

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

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

As a rule, the player named later, who is usually a lower-level prospect, cannot be someone on a club’s 40-man roster or someone selected in last month’s draft.

It’s the third trade for the rebuilding Reds since Thursday, sending outfielder Tyler Naquin to the New York Mets and shortstop Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners.

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

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

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

“We want to make sure we give our guys enough plate appearances at the big league level to get experience up here, get better and keep getting better,” Krall said.

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

Krall said of the trades on the horizon, “It’s still a work in progress, trying to figure out how to make us better.”

Pham hit .238 with 11 doubles, 11 homers, 39 RBI and 57 runs in 91 games this season. He slumped throughout July, which he called the worst month of his career, with a .204 batting average, two doubles, one triple, zero homers and a .255 on-base percentage.

“Nothing but positives to say,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I would imagine (if) you went through the whole club, it would be the same feedback. I knew it. I’ve known Tommy for a long time. It was great to bring him here and have him as part of our culture so that’s what we’re trying to build, even briefly”.

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) hits a one-run double during the first game of baseball against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) hits a one-run double during the first game of baseball against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Pham had one of baseball’s most memorable moments of the season after he slapped San Francisco Giants shortstop Joc Pederson before a game in May and was suspended for three games. He said he was willing to fight San Diego’s Luke Voight after a slide at the plate, which he believed was a dirty play, left catcher Tyler Stephenson with a concussion.

In the clubhouse, Pham was a respected veteran, known for his consistent approach and relentlessness on the bases.

“He had an edge to him,” Reds center fielder Nick Senzel said. “Honestly, he was one of the hardest workers in the room. He wanted to win. I learned a lot about him. He’s really smart about baseball. I know he has a bad presence, but I don’t think it’s very well deserved. He was a good guy of the club and we will miss him.”

“He’s a competitor, man,” Reds utility player Matt Reynolds said. “Man, I’ve never seen a guy come in and make as many swings as he did. He was very precise with his swing and the movements he wanted to feel. He’s a good club guy. I’m sure people have their own opinions for everything that’s happened, but as a teammate he cared. He wanted to win.”

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Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) slides into third base safely on a triple during baseball's third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) slides into third base safely on a triple during baseball’s third inning 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 has been traded in his nine-year career. The Reds signed him as a free agent after trading Jesse Winker, along with Eugenio Suárez, to 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 received an additional $200,000 in incentives and can earn an additional $800,000 if he surpasses 600 plate appearances.

Pham became an obvious trade candidate after the Reds started with a 3-22 record as a pending free agent. Still, he gave plenty of credit to the coaching staff and the team’s talent throughout the year.

“We were six-position football and we didn’t have Castillo and Minore,” Pham said of the Reds’ three-game win streak in April. “This team is close. I already said it. This is a good team. Bad things happened to us at the beginning of the year and we put ourselves in a big hole.”

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

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