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Red Sox potential relief target Garrett starts bench clearing brawl for Reds vs. Pirates

Red Sox potential relief target Garrett starts bench clearing brawl for Reds vs. Pirates

Reds reliever Amir Garrett is having a breakout season and is one of the top middle relievers that NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider John Tomase has as a Red Sox trade target.

If he is dealt before Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, or even if he stays in Cincinnati, Garrett is likely going to be dealing with an MLB-imposed suspension for his role in a wild, bench-clearing brawl between the Reds and Pirates on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

It began during a ninth-inning mound visit with the Reds trailing 11-3 when Garrett, who had allowed a home run to Jose Osuna, apparently took exception to something said from the Pirates dugout. He charged at the Pirates bench, throwing punches and the brawl ensued. Garrett was ejected along with Yasiel Puig of the Reds, who had been traded earlier to the Cleveland Indians. So, the fight turned out to be Puig's last act with Cincinnati. Could it be Garrett's, too?

Here's how Tomase described the left-hander, who is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings pitched this season:

He's also got some Dennis Eckersley in him when it comes to post-strikeout celebrations, and who doesn't love a little personality? With four more years of team control, he won't come cheap, but he might be the best middle man on the market.

Just the thing to fire up the Red Sox' moribund relief corps?

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Report: Indians send Trevor Bauer to Reds in trade, get Yasiel Puig

Report: Indians send Trevor Bauer to Reds in trade, get Yasiel Puig

Trevor Bauer was rumored to be headed for one of the Red Sox' American League rivals in a trade following his ball-tossing tantrum over the weekend.

Think again.

Bauer isn't going to the Astros or Yankees and he's staying in Ohio. ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that wild-card contending Cleveland (62-44) will send the right-hander, 28, who is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA this season, to the Cincinnati Reds, who sit near the bottom of the National League Central in fourth place at 49-55. 

The trade is part of a three-way deal that will send slugger Yasiel Puig from the Reds to the Indians, who are in need of offense as they compete with the Red Sox and others for a wild-card spot.

Puig may be facing an MLB-imposed suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl with the Pirates on Tuesday night that was his last official act with the Reds. 

Multiple outlets have joined Passan in reporting the deal, including MLB Network's Mark Feinsand:

Bauer's volatility may have made the Yankees' shy away, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

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Former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway has historic night for Reds

Former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway has historic night for Reds

Remember Ryan Lavarnway?

In case you need a refresher, he was a catcher in the Red Sox organization from 2011-14. At one point during his time in Triple-A Pawtucket, Lavarnway was regarded as one of the best power-hitting prospects in the International League. He was Boston's No. 9 ranked prospect entering the 2012 season.

But Lavarnway never panned out the way the Red Sox hoped he would. Since they designated him for assignment in 2014, Lavarnway has been a member of the Orioles, Braves, Athletics, Pirates, Yankees, and now the Reds as of a day ago.

Friday night marked Lavarnway's first start in a Reds uniform, and he didn't waste his opportunity. The 31-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs, and six RBI. He's the first Reds catcher to tally three hits, two homers, and six RBI in a game since the legendary Johnny Bench did it in 1973.

It's unfortunate that things didn't work out for Lavarnway in Boston, but by the looks of it, he has a real chance at revitalizing his career in Cincinnati. Any time you can put yourself in the same category as Johnny Bench, you're on the right track.

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