The Cincinnati Reds are trading outfielder Tyler Naquin and relief pitcher Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets according to Joel Sherman of MLB Network and the New York Post.
Tyler Naquin has spent the last season-and-a-half with the Reds. In 2021 he played in 127 games and hit .270/.333/.477 with 24 doubles and 19 home runs. This season he’s played in another 55 games and hit .245/.305/.429 with 12 doubles and 6 home runs. The lefty has hit right-handed pitching well, posting an OPS of .811 against them this season and an OPS of .853 against them last year. He’s struggled against left-handed pitching, though, with an OPS of .562 in 2021 and just .459 in 2022. Defensively he’s capable of playing all three spots in the outfield if needed, though he’s better in the corners than in center.
Phillip Diehl didn’t stick around too long in Cincinnati – at least at the big league level. He pitched in five games for the Reds this season and allowed seven earned runs in 5.2 innings (11.12 ERA) with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. After spending all of 2021 in Triple-A with Louisville while posting a 2.47 ERA, he returned to the Bats this season and saw his ERA jump up to 4.24. The 28-year-old Cincinnati native will now be joining the Mets organization.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com is reporting that Cincinnati will be acquiring Jose Acuna and Hector Rodriguez from the Mets. Neither player is currently rated in the top 30 prospects in the Mets organization by either Baseball America or MLB Pipeline. They are both still teenagers who are just getting their careers started, too.
Jose Acuna is a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher who has thrown 33.2 innings this season between the rookie-level FCL Mets and the Low-A St. Lucie Mets with a 2.67 ERA, 22 hits allowed, 12 walks, and 48 strikeouts. You can see his full stats here.
Hector Rodriguez is an 18-year-old who has played in 26 games with the rookie-level FCL Mets and 2 more games with the Low-A St. Lucie Mets where he’s hit .342/.378/.532 on the season with 7 walks and 9 strikeouts. He’s also stolen 12 bases. You can see his full stats here.