Austin Slater transfers to Reds

CINCINNATI — The Reds needed an experienced lineup and made their first deal of the summer just before the July 30 transfer deadline.

Cincinnati acquired outfielder Austin Slater and cash from the Giants late Sunday night in a trade for left-handed reliever Alex Young.

Slater, 31, is hitting .200 with a .574 OPS and one home run in 43 games this season. He spent nearly a month on the concussion list after crashing into the wall on May 11 during a game against the Reds at Oracle Park.

In eight major league seasons, all with San Francisco, the right-handed-hitting Slater is a .254 hitter with a .735 OPS and 39 homers in 593 games. Though primarily an outfielder, he has also started 27 games at first base, though none since 2019.

The Reds, who are already without first baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand for the rest of the season because of a broken right hand with ligament damage, expect to be without outfielder/first baseman Nick Martini for an extended period because of a left thumb sprain he suffered Saturday against the Tigers. A back injury left catcher Luke Maile on the IL on Friday and outfielder TJ Friedl (right hamstring strain) remains on the IL. Meanwhile, corner infielder Jeimer Candelario has been playing with tendonitis in his right knee.

Young, 30, pitched at Triple-A Louisville, where he had a 1.19 ERA in 23 appearances this season. A degeneration of a lower back disk suffered in spring training left him on the 60-day IL, but he has made three major-league appearances this season for Cincinnati, throwing two scoreless innings.

In 2023, Young went from non-roster camp invitee to a key part of the Reds bullpen, posting a 3.86 ERA in 63 games. He spent part of the ’22 season with the Giants.

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