The Reds continue to lead the National League wild-card race, and general manager Wayne Krivsky continues to acquire lefthanded relievers. Following previous deals for Eddie Guardado, Bill Bray and Rheal Cormier, Cincinnati traded for Scott Schoeneweis on Wednesday. The Blue Jays will receive either a player to be named or cash.
Schoeneweis, 32, ranks seventh in the American League with 18 holds despite a career-high 6.51 ERA to go with a 2-2 record and one save in 55 games. He has an 18-16 K-BB ratio in 37 innings, with opponents hitting .273 with three homers against him. He's a sinker-slider pitcher who's significantly more effective against lefties (.257 average, .648 OPS this year) than righties (.290 average, .842 OPS). Schoeneweis is making $2.75 million this year, the final season in a two-year, $5.25 million free-agent deal he signed in January 2005. His career record is 41-47, 5.09 with three saves in 358 appearances.
October 13 update: The Blue Jays received third baseman/second baseman Trevor Lawhorn from the Reds to complete the trade. Lawhorn, 23, was a 2004 ninth-round pick out of East Carolina. He hasn't been nearly the offensive threat he was in college, batting just .224/.265/.304 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 91 games at high Class A Sarasota this year. Lawhorn's ceiling is as a utilityman with a little pop, but he has a long ways to go to reach it.