CINCINNATI -- Veteran right-handed reliever Dylan Floro proved to be a nice find for the Reds in the offseason. Floro was signed as a Minor League free agent in December, and his stock increased enough that he could be flipped for a coveted prospect.
On Wednesday, the Reds traded Floro, Minor League right-hander Zach Neal and international signing bonus pool space to the Dodgers for Minor League right-handed pitchers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala. Marinan was ranked No. 21 among the Dodgers Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.
Called up from Triple-A in mid-April, the 27-year-old Floro posted a 2.72 ERA in 25 games and 36 1/3 innings for the Reds this season. That included his 1 2/3 scoreless innings during Tuesday's 12-8 loss in 12 innings.
"We took the opportunity to trade from an area of relative depth to acquire promising future assets. Marinan is someone that was very high on our Draft board in 2017," Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. "We are pleased to see the team performing on the field but recognize we have to keep pushing forward opportunistically to acquire talent."
In three starts this season for the Dodgers' rookie-level Arizona League club, the 19-year-old Marinan has a 0.84 ERA, and he has a 1.30 ERA in the past two seasons.
Zabala, 21, is 2-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Class A Great Lakes.
Marinan will report to Rookie-level Billings and Zabala is headed to Class A Dayton.
Reed, Rainey recalled for bullpen
With Floro traded and a 12-inning game on Tuesday, reinforcements were needed on Wednesday, so Cincinnati recalled left-handed pitcher Cody Reed and right-hander Tanner Rainey from Triple-A Louisville. To clear a roster spot, utility player Brandon Dixon was optioned to Louisville.
The moves left the Reds with a three-man bench, plus a fourth in reliever and capable hitter Michael Lorenzen.
"We needed a little coverage," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We used a lot of guys last night. For some of the guys, it's been three days in a row or two days in a row with a fairly good number of pitches. So, we needed the extra pitcher more than a bench player for a day."
It's possible the club could recall someone for the bench on Friday, ahead of a three-game series vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
In 12 games for Louisville, Reed is 2-6 with a 4.57 ERA. He opened the season in the big leagues with Cincinnati and had a 5.40 ERA in four games that included one start.
Reed has pitched well lately, with each of his last four starts being at least seven innings. What's been the difference after some struggles earlier this season and last season?
"Just not be so uptight like I was last year," Reed replied. "I'm just letting it loose and doing my thing and staying in the strike zone more and throwing all my pitches for strikes. I actually looked up most of the hits I've given up this year, and they've mostly been in the first two pitches. So I know I'm in the zone and I'm attacking guys, going after them right away. Hits are going to come, but hits also lead to outs."
Wednesday was Reed's turn to start for Louisville. In his previous start vs. Toledo on Friday, he gave up eight earned runs and 10 hits over seven innings. However, seven of those runs came in the first inning before he turned things around.
"That ballgame the other day was the talk of our organization," Riggleman said.
"We didn't make a couple of plays, but that's just the way it is," Reed said. "That was big to somewhat keep my team in the game after giving up seven in the first. That's hard to chip away. I felt the best about that outing than all the other ones. I think I had a game where I struck out 10 or 11 and that one was OK. Going seven innings after giving up seven runs in the first is more impressive internally for me."
Rainey has a 1.25 ERA in 25 appearances for Louisville. This is his fourth big league callup this season.
Iglesias giving up homers
Reds closer Raisel Iglesias wasn't available Wednesday after he pitched the previous three days. Iglesias blew his third save in 19 tries during Tuesday's loss, giving up the game-tying homer to Avisail Garcia in the top of the ninth inning. It was the sixth homer Iglesias has given up in 35 games this season after he allowed five in 63 games during 2017.
"I don't have an explanation for it," Riggleman said. "He was throwing real hard last night. The first hitter he faced, he threw 97 [mph]. I was like, 'Wow. He's firing.' A hot hitter got him. That guy is swinging the bat good. I'm sure he didn't quite hit his spot and he got him. I don't think it had to do with three days in a row."