Cincinnati Reds trade Kyle Farmer to the Minnesota Twins

The Cincinnati Reds are trading infielder Kyle Farmer to the Minnesota Twins accordingly Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic. The trade is pending a review of medical records. C. Trent Rosecrans, also of The Athletic, is reporting that the Reds will get pitcher Casey Legumina in the deal.

Kyle Farmer is entering his second year of arbitration and was due a raise. MLB Trade Rumors projects Farmer’s arbitration number at $5,900,000. Farmer is coming off a season in which the 32-year-old (he was 31 for much of the season) hit .255/.315/.386 with 25 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs, and he drove in 78 A utility player in some ways – he could play several spots, getting time at shortstop, third, and first base in 2022 but also having experience with Cincinnati as a catcher, left fielder, and even as a pitcher for 1.1 innings back in 2019 .

For Kyle Farmer he’ll be moving over to Minnesota and remain in the center – just the American League version. Like the National League version, the AL central is the weakest of the three divisions. For the Twins they will be getting a player who can handle just about any defensive assignment he’s given and at least hold his own offensively. Cincinnati is likely saving some money in this deal – although we can’t be certain yet without knowing the return.

The Reds are getting back right-handed pitcher Casey Legumina in the deal, who was just added to the 40-man roster by the Twins this week and as such he’s now on the Reds 40-man roster. He was the Twins 8th round pick back in 2019 out of Gonzaga. In 2022 he made 16 starts and 17 relief appearances – mostly in Double-A Wichita (three starts in High-A Cedar Rapids).

The 25-year-old posted a 4.80 ERA between the two stops, throwing 86.1 innings with 36 walks and 92 strikeouts in 2022. Those numbers don’t quite tell the entire story, though. Legumina started 16 of his first 18 games of the year before moving to the bullpen on August 11th. From that point forward, all in Double-A, he posted a 2.55 ERA with six walks and 26 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. He was much better against righties that season, holding them to a .665 OPS that season. Lefties had an .830 OPS against him during the year.

Non-Tenders

The Cincinnati Reds officially announced that they had non-tendered minor league outfielder Allan Cerda and right-handed pitcher Daniel Duarte. Both players are now off the 40-man roster and are free agents.

Cerda split his time in 2022 between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga. In some aspects the outfielder stands out. A strong defensive center fielder who can make highlight reel catches, has a big arm, and plenty of power (he hit 24 home runs this season) – you can see why he was on the 40-man roster to begin with. But the 22-year-old also struck out 168 times in 506 plate appearances this season in the minor leagues and hit just .208 (with a .360 on-base percentage thanks to 84 walks and being hit by 13 pitches).

It’s certainly strange that the move was made when it was given that he had two option years remaining and was due less than $100,000 in salary next year if they kept him on the 40-man and he didn’t reach the big leagues. To non-tender a guy at 22-years-old isn’t something that usually happens.

Daniel Duarte was a surprise of the offseason a year ago when he was – at least to those of us who don’t work for the Reds – a surprise addition to the 40-man roster. The team liked what they saw, though, and he showed it again in spring training and made the team to start the season. His season, though, didn’t last long as after his third appearance he injured his elbow and went on the injured list. Duarte didn’t return to the mound until September when he began a rehab stint in Triple-A Louisville. The team would option him back to Triple-a on September 25th and he didn’t return to the big leagues.

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