The Cincinnati Reds haven’t made much noise in the trade market as July enters its second week, but at least fans can live vicariously through a couple of former Reds who are on the move again. On Monday afternoon, outfielders Chris Dickerson and Roger Bernadina landed with new teams and have a shot at seeing some pennant race action. Both deals were reported on MLBTradeRumors.com.
Dickerson, who began his career with the Reds in 2008, was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash or a PTBNL. While Dickerson is on a minor league contract and had spent 2014 with Triple-A Indianapolis, he will immediately head to Cleveland to replace George Kottaras on the big league roster.
Bernadina, meanwhile, was signed to a minor league deal by the Los Angeles Dodgers a couple of weeks after he refused a minor league assignment with the Reds, making him a free agent. He appeared in 44 games for the Reds this season, accumulating just nine hits in 59 at bats and playing roughly league-average in the field.
Neither player has enjoyed much big league success, but they will both be angling for at least one more shot. For Dickerson, that next opportunity begins tonight.