According to ESPN.com, Kyle Lohse has been traded this morning to the Cincinnati Reds. No surprise in this move. With Torii Hunter coming off the DL today and Ron Gardenhire wanting to go down to 11 pitchers, Lohse was the odd man out (Willie Eyre will probably get sent down when Matt Guerrier comes off the DL). And moving him to the Reds makes plenty of sense, with former Twins Assistent GM Wayne Krisky running the show, and helps perhaps explain why Lohse has been around so long in the first place.
The only confusion here is why Lohse was traded for a minor league pitcher and not a hitter. In exchange for Lohse, the Twins got what Jim Callis calls "one of the most pure arms in the Reds system" in Zach Ward. Ward throws a good 93-94 mph fastball and a mid-80s slider. In 20 games and 18 starts a Single-A Dayton, he had a 7-0 record, a 2.29 ERA, a 95-37 K/BB ratio, a .188 BAA, and only two homers allowed in 114 innings. He sounds like a good arm, and its great that the Twins acquired a good pitching prospect, but it still makes little sense to me. The Reds have hitting and need pitching. The Twins have lots of pitching and need hitting now and in the future. Why not get a bat of some sorts?
Of course, we are talking about Kyle Lohse here. Its hard to be selective. The fact is we got rid of a huge headache, got a good college arm and prospect for him, and who knows, we may be able to use Ward as trade bait at a later time if he develops. Once again, thank the Reds for solving another one of our problems.
Keep in tune for anymore potential trades on the horizon.