Reds swap Acevedo for Simpson

Reds swap Acevedo for Simpson

HOUSTON -- The Reds parted ways with right-handed reliever Jose Acevedo on Saturday, shipping him off to the Rockies organization for right-hander Allan Simpson.

The Reds saw Acevedo, who was one of the last cuts in spring camp, as a long reliever. And when they got the opportunity to trade him for Simpson, a late-inning hard-thrower, they jumped on it.

"This is a transaction that comes under the heading of 'change of scenery' for both individuals," general manager Dan O'Brien said. "We wish Jose well, and, in the same breath, we're delighted to have somebody who has a power arm in the organization."

Both players will head to the Triple-A affiliates of their respective new clubs.

Simpson, 27, began the season on the Rockies' Opening Day roster before being optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. He appeared in two games for Colorado, giving up five runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning pitched.

Last season, in 32 games with the Rockies, Simpson compiled a 2-1 record and 5.08 ERA with 46 strikeouts. It was his first stint in the big leagues. His ratio of 10.62 strikeouts per nine innings ranked second among rookie relievers behind the Pirates' Mike Gonzalez (11.42).

Originally selected by Seattle in the eighth round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, Simpson owns a career Minor League record of 26-31 with a 3.66 ERA over eight seasons.

"He's got a lively fastball and velocity up to 95 mph," Reds scout Bill Wood said of Simpson. "He's got stuff that is typically that of a late reliever with that type of arm. It's a matter of him making progress in gaining command of all his pitches."

O'Brien said he was pleased to add Simpson to an organization that doesn't have very many high-velocity throwers in the farm system.

"We don't have as many power arms as we'd like in the organization in the back end of the bullpen," O'Brien said. "So it was a good tradeoff, given our needs and their needs."

Acevedo appeared to have soured on the Reds' organization at the end of camp. When he was cut, he said he disagreed with O'Brien's assessment that he reported to camp overweight and that he took his bullpen job with the team for granted.

Acevedo, who went 5-12 with a 5.94 ERA in 39 appearances for the Reds last season, pitched four scoreless innings in his lone appearance with Triple-A Louisville this year.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.