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Cincinnati Reds trade OF Jesse Winker, 3B Eugenio Suarez to Seattle Mariners

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. – A day after the Cincinnati Reds traded Sonny Gray, they continued to destroy their roster by trading All-Star left fielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suarez to the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

In exchange for Winker and Suarez, the Reds received right-handed starting pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley, left-handed pitching prospect Brandon Williamson and a player to be named later.

Reducing player payroll remains a driving force in the Reds’ offseason plans. Winker is two years away from reaching free agency, eligible for arbitration, and Suarez is owed $35 million over the next three seasons with a $15 million club option in 2025.

Winker, who earned his first All-Star nomination last year, was one of the best hitters in the league against right-handed pitching. He hit .305 last season with 32 doubles, 24 home runs and a career-high 71 RBIs.

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) and designated hitter Jesse Winker (33) celebrate Suarez’s solo home run in the fourth inning of the MLB interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians at the Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The Reds led 2-0 after five innings.

Suarez is one of the top right-handed sluggers in the league, but has struggled the past two seasons following shoulder surgery. He hit .198 last year with 23 doubles, 31 home runs and 79 RBIs.

Dunn, 26, has a 3.94 ERA in 25 career major league starts. He struck out 49 and walked 29 in 50 1/3 innings last season with a 3.75 ERA. Fraley, a 26-year-old left-handed hitter, hit .210 last season with seven doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 78 games. Williamson was a second-round pick in 2019 and was rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect in the Mariners’ farm system. Williamson reached Double-A last year.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez traded from Cincinnati Reds to Mariners

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