Reds deal Garrett to KC

Published 2:28 am Saturday, March 19, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City traded left-hander Mike Minor to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Amir Garrett on Wednesday.

Cincinnati would get $500,000 from the Royals if Minor’s mutual option for 2023 is declined, covering half the cost of the buyout.

The 29-year-old Garrett, who was 0-4 with a 6.04 ERA and seven saves in 63 appearances last season. Garrett was 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 90 appearances during the 2019-20 season.

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The 34-year-old Minor went 8-12 with a 5.50 ERA across 28 starts with the Royals last season, but he was likely going to be pushed into a long reliever role if he stuck with Kansas City this season. The club is in the midst of a youth movement in the starting rotation, and Minor did not appear to fit with those plans.

Minor is due $10 million this season in the second year of an $18 million, two-year contract. The deal originally included a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout but the contract contains a provision converting it to a mutual option because of the trade.

Garrett is eligible for arbitration and likely will have a salary in the $2 million range.