The Cincinnati Reds have traded left-handed reliever Joe Mantiply to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations. While the trade deadline is now July 31st, that only applies to player that are on teams 40-man roster. Mantiply was not, and thus is eligible to be traded.
For the Reds, Joe Mantiply has been in Triple-A Louisville almost for the entire season. He made one appearance in Double-A, back in May. He was coming off of the injured list, pitched in that one game, then went back on the injured list for another five weeks. When he returned to the mound it was in Triple-A for the Louisville Bats. That’s where he’s been ever since.
Overall on the season for Louisville he’s posted a 3.72 ERA in 30.1 innings with just two home runs allowed, he’s walked just three batters, and he’s struck out 26 of them. He’s been on a strong run of late. After allowing five runs in an inning to Toledo on July 13th he’s given up just one run in his last nine games, spanning 16.1 innings (0.55 ERA).
Left-handed hitters haven’t had a lot of success against him this season, but the sample size is rather small. In 36 plate appearances against Joe Mantiply in 2019, lefties are hitting just .229 with a .250 on-base percentage. But when they do get hits, they’ve gone for extra-base hits. Half of the eight hits he’s given up to lefties have been for extra bases.
The Yankees may be looking at Mantiply as a potential September call up to give them another left-handed reliever out of their bullpen as they fight for positioning in the American League playoffs. For the Reds, they’ll be compensated for moving the left-hander. It is interesting, though, that Cincinnati seems to need a lefty in their bullpen in a bad way with Wandy Peralta now in Triple-A and Amir Garrett facing a suspension that’s over a week long and Mantiply didn’t seem to be in the plans. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that he’s not on the 40-man, so it would require a move or two in order to make it happen, but it’s interesting nonetheless.