As the July 31 trade deadline approaches in Major League Baseball, it’s a good time to check in on the former Cincinnati Reds scattered throughout the game who have been dealt in recent seasons or who left the team as free agents.
Five years have passed since the Reds last had a contending team. This October will mark the sixth anniversary of the last Reds playoff victory. Meanwhile, the drought of playoff series victories will reach 23 years this fall. That’s the longest in franchise history.
Only three Reds remain from the team that won a wild card berth in 2013: Joey Votto, Homer Bailey and Billy Hamilton. Here’s a glance at where the other key players from that team are now, listed in order of how well they’re performing in 2018.
1. Shin-Soo Choo: Now in his fifth season with the Texas Rangers, Choo made the All-Star team for the first time. He ranks fourth in the American League with a .400 on-base percentage.
2. Aroldis Chapman: Traded to the New York Yankees after the 2015 season, Chapman ranks third in the AL with 26 saves. He has a 2.03 ERA in 26 appearances. This is his second stint with the Yankees, who traded him to the Cubs in 2016.
3. Johnny Cueto: In his third season with the San Francisco Giants, he’s 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts. He was on the disabled list throughout May and June with an elbow injury.
4. Mike Leake: He’s 8-6 with a 4.22 ERA in 20 starts for the Seattle Mariners.
5. Devin Mesoraco: Since the Reds traded Mesoraco to the Mets for Matt Harvey on May 8, he has hit .232 with seven home runs.
6. Todd Frazier: The Mets are the fourth team Frazier has played for since the Reds traded him after the 2015 season. He’s hitting .217 with 10 home runs.
7. Jay Bruce: Like Chapman, Bruce has bounced around since being traded by the Reds. He joined the New York Mets and then was dealt to the Cleveland Indians and then signed as a free agent with the Mets in January. He’s hitting .212 with three home runs this season and has been on the disabled list since June 19 with a sore hip and plantar fascitis in his left foot.
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8. Zack Cozart: After seven seasons with the Reds, Cozart signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .219 with five home runs before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in June.
9. Brandon Phillips: The longtime Reds second baseman is trying to work his way back to the big leagues in the Boston Red Sox organization. He’s hitting .192 in seven games in Triple-A since signing in June.
10. Mat Latos: Six years after starting Game 5 of the National League Division Series for the Reds, Latos is pitching in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball for the New Jersey Jackals. He’s 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 18 appearances.
11. Chris Heisey: The former Reds outfielder played the last two seasons with the Nationals and was cut by the Twins in March. He has not played in 2018.
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