The Reds traded Marlon Byrd to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday for Double AA right-handed pitcher Stephen Johnson.
“This was another opportunity to give one of our veteran players a chance to go to a contending club and help them get to the postseason," Jocketty said.. "(Giants) have had a lot of injuries in the outfield. I think Pence is still out. I think Pagan is still out. So he’ll get plenty of playing time there, and as we transition to playing more younger players”.
Jocketty said discussions with the Giants regarding Byrd began around the trade deadline and started up again during the past three days. He added that no other clubs inquired about Byrd.
Johnson was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He made 44 appearances at Double A Richmond with a 3-0 record and 3.41 ERA. He pitched 58 innings, allowing 45 hits, walking 29 and striking out 68 batters
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“We see him as a relief pitcher," Jocketty said. "He’s got a big arm. He throws mid-90s. Pretty good breaking ball. Good reports on him. We’ll leave him in the bullpen which is an area where we’ll need some help in the next year or two”.
The Reds are promoting OF Ryan LaMarre, their second round pick in 2010, from Louisville.
Byrd made his 1,500th career appearance as a pinch hitter Wednesday night. He hit .237 in 96 games with 19 home runs and 42 RBI.