CINCINNATI … (AP) … Trying to bolster their struggling bullpen, the Cincinnati Reds acquired Eddie Guardado and cash
from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday for minor league pitcher Travis Chick.
The Reds made the trade a day after blowing two leads in extra innings before losing 6-5 in the 13th at Milwaukee. After the game, Cincinnati reliever Brian Shackelford was arrested on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault.
Guardado is expected to join the Reds in Atlanta on Friday. Cincinnati began the day two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.
The 35-year-old Guardado had 36 saves with a 2.72 ERA in 58 games for the Mariners last season.
But this year, the normally reliable reliever known as "Everyday Eddie'' struggled and was demoted from the closer's role in May after blowing three save chances. Guardado was 1-3 with five saves and a 5.48 ERA, and was serving as a setup man for J.J. Putz.
"Eddie had some struggles early on this season that allowed some of our young guys to run the back of the game and they got that job and haven't let go,'' general manager Bill Bavasi said in a release.
The 21-year-old Chick was 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga. The Reds acquired the righty from the San Diego organization last July in a deal for third baseman Joe Randa.