The Reds and Rockies kick-started the second half trade market by swapping Triple-A arms, one with 100 big league appearances and the other with zero. Cincinnati acquired 24-year-old righthander Parker Frazier, who ranked among the Rockies' top 30 prospects in each of the past five seasons, while Colorado received veteran Armando Galarraga to provide pitching depth at Colorado Springs.
Frazier will qualify for minor league free agency in November if he's not on the Reds' 40-man roster or on a new minor league deal for 2014.
Parker Frazier, rhp
Career Transactions: Selected by Rockies in eighth round of 2007 draft; signed June 13, 2007
The son of 10-year big league reliever George Frazier, Parker struggled at Triple-A in June, posting a 10.67 ERA and 2.93 WHIP in nine appearances, though he had found a comfort level in the Double-A Tulsa bullpen in the opening months. The Rockies demoted him back to Tulsa just prior to the trade. Frazier relies on a low-90s sinker to pound the zone, but he gets squared up frequently (9.5 hits and 1.0 homers per nine innings at Double-A) when he leaves his fastball or secondary pitches (fringe slider and changeup) up in the zone.
(Note: The previous version of this story misstated the chronology of Frazier's season, incorrectly asserting that he opened the season with Colorado Springs.)
Armando Galarraga, rhp
Remaining Commitment: On a minor league contract but has 3 years, 55 days of major league service, so he would qualify for arbitration if he's on the 40-man roster this offseason