Reds Fine-Tune, Add Hollandsworth

The Reds aren’t making blockbusters, but they continue to pull off minor deals to add depth as they try to hold onto the National League wild-card lead, which they currently share with the Dodgers. On Wednesday, they picked up Todd Hollandsworth from the Indians for either a player to be named or cash.

Hollandsworth, 33, was the NL rookie of the year with the Dodgers in 1996. But with the exception of his three seasons with the Rockies, when he was helped by Coors Field, he never has matched his rookie production. This year, he was hitting just .237/.253/.442 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 56 games. Hollandsworth has some pop but is too aggressive to hit for much of an average. Though he’s just 2-for-16 as a pinch-hitter this year, he’s usually effective in that role (.276 with seven homers over his career). A good fourth outfielder, Hollandsworth can play left, center or right. He has some arm strength, though he’s more notable for his hustle than his speed on the bases and in the field. He signed a one-year minor league deal worth $900,000 last offseason and is headed for free agency again. He’s a career .273/.328/.440 hitter with 97 homers and 393 RBIs in 1,084 games.

Update: The Reds resolved the trade by sending cash considerations to the Indians.

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