The Cincinnati Reds have traded for utility man Darnell Sweeney from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has spent 37 games in the Major Leagues, all coming with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015. Sweeney comes over to the Reds for “future considerations”, which is almost always cash.

Darnell Sweeney has played a little bit of everywhere with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this season. The 26-year-old has played 10 games at second base, 10 games at shortstop, nine games at third base, six games in left field and three games in center field for the Triple-A squad.

Offensively he’s struggled at the Triple-A level over the last two seasons, posting a sub .300 on-base percentage in 2016 and so far in 2017. He’s shown plenty of speed in the past, stealing 48 bases in 2013 and 32 in 2015. Last year he was caught 11 times in 23 attempts, but in 2017 he’s 7-for-8 in stolen bases.

He’s a switch hitter who can play around the field, has a little bit of speed and a little bit of pop in his bat. He’s just 26-years-old and could profile as a solid utility player in the future. Cincinnati Enquirer writer Zach Buchanan notes that Sweeney will be optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

The big question is, what will be the 40-man roster move to make a spot for Darnell Sweeney. The team is already at 40-men. Neither of the two guys on the 10-day disabled list are candidates to hit the 60-day disabled list. I guess we will find out soon enough.

Rookie Davis to the disabled list

Right handed starting pitcher Rookie Davis is heading to the disabled list for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The official diagnosis is a back strain. Zach Buchanan noted earlier in the day that he’s got a knot in his back/shoulder area.

Stuart Turner to rehab with Louisville

The last piece of news for the afternoon is that catcher Stuart Turner will begin his rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats. He has been nursing a hamstring injury. Turner will be eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, though he may spend a few days with the Bats before returning.

4 Responses

  1. Matthew O'Neal

    As far as i can tell he wasnt on their forty man. He was outrighted by Philly in September and traded as a non roster player.

    • Matthew O'Neal

      Though as is more often the case, I could be wrong!

    • Doug Gray

      That would be much better – I didn’t look into it, but Zach Buchanan made the comment about him being optioned, so I trusted him. I’m passing the blame lol

  2. Hingle McCringleberry

    What in the world? Strike out prone, sub .300 OBP% last few years. What the Hell?