ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 29: Designated hitter Jonny Gomes #31 of the Cincinnati Reds fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 29, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Jonny Gomes Trade Sends Slugger From Reds To Nationals

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Reds Promote Yonder Alonso After Jonny Gomes Trade

There weren't a lot of people out there who expected to see a Jonny Gomes trade between the Reds and the Nationals. But now that it's done, with Gomes on his way to D.C., room has been cleared in Cincinnati for prospect Yonder Alonso. From a team press release:

1B/OF Yonder Alonso (#23) was recalled from Class AAA Louisville to replace Gomes on the Reds’ roster. He will be in uniform for tonight’s game against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park.

Alonso joins Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, and Fred Lewis in a crowded outfield. However, one can expect him to get pretty regular playing time in left field, as the Reds wouldn't bring him up to sit him down.

The 24-year-old lefty former first baseman has switched to the outfield in 2011. With triple-A Louisville, Alonso has batted .296/.374/.486, and while his power hasn't progressed quite as the organization hoped, he's still young and already swings a productive bat. Baseball America ranked him the #73 overall prospect in baseball before the year, and since then he has increased his walks while reducing his strikeouts.

Alonso probably isn't a high-impact guy, but he should have a successful career, which will shortly begin in earnest.

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Jonny Gomes Trade Sends Slugger From Reds To Nationals

The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals have been pretty heavily involved in a number of recent trade rumors. What few people figured, though, was that the two would come together to make a deal. But on Tuesday, that's just what they've done. Jon Morosi:

acquire Jonny Gomes from .

acquire OF Bill Rhinehart and left-handed pitcher Chris Manno from for Jonny Gomes.

It's a very weird fit for the Nationals. Nothing against Jonny Gomes. Gomes is a powerful right-handed hitter who does have his uses. But he's extremely limited, he's a free agent after the season, and the Nats are presently nine games out of a playoff spot. It's hard to see the motivation, unless the Nationals intend to flip Gomes elsewhere in the coming days. Maybe they won't, and maybe they just want Gomes for a short-term upgrade. He's on track to be a Type B free agent after the year. This just isn't the sort of move you expect.

In Rhinehart, the Reds get a 26-year-old lefty 1B/OF who remains stuck in double-A. And in Manno, they get a 22-year-old lefty reliever who has dominated with A-ball Hagerstown. Manno was a 26th-round pick a year ago, but he's put himself on course to have a major league career out of the bullpen.

To take Gomes' place on the active roster, the Reds have promoted prospect Yonder Alonso.

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