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.

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20 Responses

  1. JPSER05

    Speaking of LH relievers….Any news or update on Cody Reed?

  2. RojoBenjy

    Or for that matter, another LHP cleared waivers…Tony Sipp.

    He can’t be as bad as Wandy or Hernandez…right?

    • Colorado Red

      DFA, DFA, DFA,
      For Gods sake, please DFA him.

      • AirborneJayJay

        You have your wish.
        Hernandez is DFA’d. Big Sal coming back.

  3. SteveO

    Interesting comment by Jody Davis about Jackson Stephens saying he looked a little bored at times. If that’s his attitude, DFA him immediately and give his roster spot to Kuhnel. Bring up Kuhnel to replace Hernandez.

  4. MikeinSoCal

    On May 11 in a game in San Francisco Hernandez pitched two innings in relief. He struck out five of the six batters he faced. His era was .289. He was brought in again the next night even though he had pitched the two innings the night before. He pitched poorly, gave up three hits in the inning, took the loss and a blown save. This was the beginning of his decline. He hasn’t done well since that two inning stint. Maybe injury? Maybe the two innings and used on back to back nights was out of his comfort zone. The Reds can’t afford to use him now. Have to give his spot to a youngster.

  5. Matthew O'Neal

    Maybe the Reds are planning to trial by fire Brandon Finnegan whenever Garrett starts serving his suspension.

  6. AirborneJayJay

    David Hernandez has been DFA’d. Yea. Will miracles never cease.

  7. Cguy

    David Hernandez just had day/night seasons. Last year 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA. This year 2-5 with an 8.02 ERA. He gave the Reds everything he had. Evidently, he finally ran out. Good luck Dave.

  8. MK

    Matt Lloyd playing for Dragons tonight though no team transactions lists make note of this change. Homered his first time up.

    Chris Welsh thought Hernandez might be having arm issues tonight.

    • Doug Gray

      The Lloyd move happened yesterday. I haven’t gone and looked at the team transaction pages, but it was a move made yesterday.

      • Doug Gray

        He came from Billings, so it wouldn’t have showed up on the Greeneville page. Not sure why it wasn’t listed on the Dayton page, though.

  9. Martino

    I can’t imagine the Yankees sent a HUGE pile of cash and certainly not a trainload, but it’ll be interesting to see if it translates into free agency spending this off season.

    • Doug Gray

      It won’t. If it was even $10,000, I’d be surprised.