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Indians acquire young, speedy Oscar Mercado from St. Louis Cardinals



Oscar Mercado (courtesy Columbus Clippers)

At the trade deadline, the Indians acquired OF Oscar Mercado from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for OF Conner Capel and OF Jhon Torres. Assigned to the AAA Columbus roster.

Designated OF Johnny Field for assignment.

Mercado, 23, has spent the entire 2018 season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, batting .285 (109-for-382) with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 42 RBI in 100 games (.351/.408/.759). He currently leads the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases (31-for-39), 2nd in runs (73) and T4th in hits (109). He is leading the Cardinals system in steals and runs currently and his .351 on-base pct. is a professional career-high. Oscar is currently rated the 10th overall prospect in the Cardinals system according to Mercado has appeared in 89 games in center field, 7 games in left and 2 games in right in Memphis.

The Tampa, FL native was St. Louis’ second round selection (57th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and owns a six-year professional career average of .252 (550-2181) with 190 steals in 564 games. He played for Team Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The converted shortstop has led his respective league in steals three times over his career and was a midseason all-star in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Said Indians President of Baseball Operations CHRIS ANTONETTI of Mercado: “We are excited to acquire Oscar. He can impact the game in multiple ways with his hit-ability and above-average speed, which plays both on defense and on the bases. He’s a player we liked in the draft and have followed closely throughout his professional career with the Cardinals. He bolsters our organizational outfield depth in the short-term and we’re optimistic about his continued development.”

Capel has spent the 2018 season a Class-A Lynchburg and Torres has played for the Arizona Rookie League Club (2) this summer.

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Looking for outfield depth, Indians get Leonys Martin from Detroit



The Cleveland Indians announced at the trade deadline the following transactions relative to the Major League roster:

Acquired OF Leonys Martin and RHP Kyle Dowdy from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for INF Willi Castro.

Martίn has batted .251 (76-303) with 15 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 29 RBI and 45 runs scored in 78 games for Detroit this season, his first with the Tigers. His nine home runs are his second-most in a single season, after hitting a career-high 15 longballs in 2016. He missed time, July 2-20, on the 10-day Disabled List with a left hamstring strain. His nine outfield assists this year for tops in the American League and his 228 outfield putouts are 2nd-most despite missing 14 games due to injury. Since the start of 2013, Martin’s 59 outfield assists are tied with Colorado’s Gerardo Parra for the 2nd-most in MLB.

Leonys Martin warming up for Texas 2015 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

The Villa Clara, Cuba native owns a career Major League batting average of .248 (565-for-2281) with 87 doubles, 22 triples, 47 home runs and 205 RBI in 699 games with Texas, Seattle, Chicago-NL and the Tigers. He has also stolen 122 bases in 161 attempts after defecting from Cuba and signing with the Rangers in 2011. He has finished in the top 10 in the American League in stolen bases and defensive Wins Above Replacement (WAR) three times over the course of his 8-year career.

Dowdy, 25, has been a member of the Tigers organization since is 12th-round selection out of the University of Houston in 2015. The 6-1 right-hander has posted an 8-8 record with a 4.74 ERA (50ER/95.0IP) in 24 appearances (14 starts) between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in 2018, fanning 92 batters in 95.0 innings this season (T5th among Detroit organizational pitchers). Dowdy was named a Midwest League (A) Mid-Season All-Star in 2016 and a Florida State League (High-A) Mid-Season All-Star in 2017. In 72 career appearances (52 starts) at the Minor League level, he owns a 3.77 ERA (141ER/336.2IP) with 299 strikeouts and 84 walks.

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Reds Hall of Fame featuring Tom Browning Bobblehead in Month of August



Tom Browning pitching for Reds vs. Giants 1991 photo By Rick Dikeman - Own work, CC0, https

Celebrates Wrigley Field Rooftop Visit


The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore continues its 2018 bobblehead program in August, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tom Browning’s infamous rooftop visit in Chicago.

A World Series Champion, Major League All-Star, and the only Reds player to pitch a perfect game, Browning pieced together an illustrious major league career including induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.

In addition to his stardom in Cincinnati, Browning made a name for himself in Chicago earning the name “Rooftop Tommy” when he took a mid-game stroll in 1993 to a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field. Browning’s stunt was captured on camera as he tipped his cap to the players and fans below, creating an unforgettable moment in Reds history.

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum (or a Great American Ball Park tour) beginning Friday, August 3 and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of August, while supplies last.

Only 6,000 bobbleheads have been produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.

The bobblehead series continues through September with a different Reds Hall of Famer available each month:
• April: Chris Sabo (now available only with museum membership)
• May: Ernie Lombardi (now available only with museum membership)
• June: Johnny Vander Meer (now available only with museum membership)
• July: Adam Dunn (now available only with museum membership)
• August: Tom Browning
• September: Johnny Bench

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, and $6 for active military/veterans. Children four and younger are free.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the museum as a member. To become a member, please visit for more information or call (513) 765-7926.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 89 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. Plan your visit at

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With crowded outfield full of talent, Reds trade Duvall to Braves



Adam Duvall at bat for Reds in 2017 By NewJack984, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

Receive RHP Lucas Sims, RHP Matt Wisler & OF Preston Tucker


Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams today announced the acquisitions of RHP Lucas Sims, RHP Matt Wisler and OF Preston Tucker from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for LF Adam Duvall.

Sims, 24, has been one of Atlanta’s top prospects since he was selected in the first round (21st overall) of the 2012 first-year player draft. He made his Major League debut with 14 appearances for the Braves last season, while this year he made 6 appearances out of the bullpen. In 2017, he combined for 173.0 innings, 59 walks and 176 strikeouts between Gwinnett and Atlanta.

Sims spent most of this season at Class AAA Gwinnett, where he went 4-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 14 starts and 1 relief appearance (73ip, 66h, 29r, 23er, 34bb, 83k, 6 HR).

Wisler, 25, spent most of this season at Gwinnett, where he went 4-4 with a 4.37 ERA, 2 complete games and 1 shutout in 13 starts (70ip, 79h, 35r, 34er, 14bb, 65k, 6hr). He also made 3 starts and 4 relief appearances for the Braves.

The native or Bryan, Ohio was selected by San Diego in the seventh round of the 2011 first-year player draft but was traded to Atlanta in April 2015 in a 7-player deal that sent RHP Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton Jr. to the Padres. Wisler pitched for the Braves in each of the last 4 seasons, totaling 74 career appearances and 49 starts.

Tucker, 28, originally was selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2012 first-year player draft. He was traded to Atlanta in December 2017 in exchange for cash considerations and spent most of 2018 with the Braves, hitting .256 with 10 doubles, 4 HR and 22 RBI in 62 games. He also made 15 appearances for Gwinnett.

Duvall, 29, in 105 appearances this season for the Reds hit .205 with 19 doubles, 15 HR and 61 RBI. On July 30, 2015 he was acquired from the San Francisco Giants, along with RHP Keury Mella (Kay-ooh-ree May-uh), in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.

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Reds to hold Ladies Night, “A night of their own” on August 16



Proceeds Benefit Reds Community Fund


The fifth annual St. Elizabeth Healthcare A Night of Their Own will be held Thursday, August 16 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Great American Ball Park.

This exclusive event gives women ages 21 and over the opportunity to play like the pros on the field and learn all aspects of the game from Reds coaches, broadcasters and front office executives.

Unique experiences:
• Throw a pitch from the mound and snag a fly ball in the outfield
• Run the bases and take hits in the batting cage on the field
• NEW for 2018: Get your picture taken with catcher Tucker Barnhart’s 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Meet and greets:
• Learn from the Reds coaching staff including interim manager Jim Riggleman and third base coach Billy Hatcher
• Tips from Reds broadcasters including Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman, Jeff Brantley and more
• Hear from President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and President & COO Phil Castellini

Participants will receive a gift bag featuring a Reds tote bag and infinity scarf and be treated to a buffet dinner in the FOX Sports Club, where they can try the signature drink the “Rosie-rita.”

All the proceeds from the event benefit the baseball and softball outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

Mo Egger from 1530 ESPN and Jessica Brown from FOX19 NOW will emcee the on-field events for the evening.

Event tickets are $125 per person and include:
• On-field experiences including hitting on the field and pitching from the mound
• Ballpark tours with stops in the Reds clubhouse and indoor batting cages
• Buffet dinner and gift bag featuring an exclusive Reds tote bag and infinity scarf
• Ticket for an upcoming Reds game
• Parking voucher for The Banks Garage under the ballpark

Space is limited. Sign up today at or (513) 765-7240. Friends may request to be in the same group for activities upon registration.

Event schedule:
• 4:45-5:30 p.m.: Registration and check-in
• 5:30-6:20 p.m.: Dinner, cocktails and welcome
• 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Ballpark tours, on-field events and Q&A sessions

A special thanks to the event sponsors and partners: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Beringer Wine, Skyline Chili, iHeart Media, FOX19 NOW, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Amelia Florist Wine & Gift Shop, Servatii Pastry Shop and Graeter’s.

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