The Cincinnati Reds traded their ace, Johnny Cueto, to the Kansas City Royals Sunday. Cueto has pitched exclusively for the reds and last year finished second for the NL Cy Young Award. Cueto won 20 games in 2014, as well. This year Cueto’s ERA is well below 3.00 and has a record of 7-6.
Despite the loss of a proven ace, the Reds received three top prospects, all left-handed pitchers from the Royals. Brandon Finnegan is the headliner of the three, as he is the only player to pitch in both the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year. Cody Reed will join Finnegan in Triple-A Louisville, and John Lamb will be sent to Double-A Pensacola.
Further Reds trade rumors are swirling with names such as Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake, and Marlon Byrd mentioned.
Cincinnati, Ohio was the center of national attention this past week. As host of the 2015 All-Star Game, the Queen City prepared for several tourists. A list of festivities began with T-Mobile Fanfest (Fri-Tue). Saturday included the 5K Color Run and a Demi Lovato Concert. Sunday involved the Sirius-XM Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrities Softball game. The Home Run Derby was held on Monday night. This was likely the highlight of all of the attention this week. Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier was victorious in front of the hometown crowd in a new Home Run Derby format. Tuesday was the All-Star Game, featuring a presentation of Reds’ Franchise Four and MLB’s Franchise Four. The American League won the game, by defeating the National League 6-3. Mike Trout won his second straight ASG MVP Award.