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In exchange for left-handed starting pitcher Mike Minor and $500,000, the Reds dealt reliever Amir Garrett to the Kansas City Royals.

Garrett had been a valuable member of the Reds’ bullpen for the previous five seasons, but he struggled in 2021, posting a 6.04 ERA in 63 appearances.

Amir Garrett
Amir Garrett

In 2019 and 2020, the 29-year-old lefty was a top setup man in the National League.

The Reds and Royals began talking about a trade earlier this winter, and it heated up again this week as the Reds looked to improve their starting rotation after moving Sonny Gray to the Minnesota Twins and placing Wade Miley on waivers, where he was picked up by the Chicago Cubs

Minor, a 34-year-old left-hander, pitched for the Royals last season and posted an 8-12 record with a 5.05 ERA in 28 starts.

He’ll be paid $10 million this season, with a $13 million club option for 2023 and a $1 million buyout.

Garrett had a lot of memorable events in his Reds career, and he doesn’t hide his emotions on the field.

When he charged into the Pittsburgh Pirates’ dugout, he ignited a confrontation. He had noteworthy battles with Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez of the Chicago Cubs.

Garrett was particularly grateful to the Reds for allowing him to play basketball after being picked in 2011 as he considered which sport to pursue professionally