Brain Goodwin in on the move.
The Rocky Mount High graduate who spent 30 games this season patrolling the outfield for the Los Angeles Angels, was traded to Cincinnati on Monday ahead of the league’s trade deadline.
The National League Central Division-dwelling Reds acquired Goodwin by trading away left-handed pitching prospect Packy Naughton and a player to be named later. Naughton was the Reds’ 14-ranked prospect according to MLB.com.
Goodwin, 29, is batting .242 this season with 23 hits, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 95 at-bats. Goodwin’s last hit came on Aug. 25 when he went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, two walks and a run scored.
Playing in his fifth season, Goodwin will be playing for his fourth team when he takes the field for Cincinnati. He came up with Washington in 2016, and was traded in 2018 to Kansas City mid-season. He played for L.A. for all of 2019, then played in 30 games this season before the trade.
Goodwin has proved that he can be an everyday player by showing off power with 17 home runs last season and an ability to play all three outfield positions. He will find time in a young Reds outfield.
The trade comes shortly after Goodwin had announced on his Instagram that he is partnering with the Play Equity Fund, an organization that aims to make exercise and play an equal opportunity for kids.
“I want to help youth who are vulnerable, help create greater access to sports programs and support ways young people can learn about standing up for social justice initiatives in their communities. The mission of the Play Equity Fund will help me achieve these goals, and to take an active role in helping communities of need across Southern California,” Goodwin said in the post.
He also hosts an annual baseball camp for kids in Rocky Mount.
The Reds began a three-game series with the Cardinals on Monday, and are off Thursday before playing four games at Pittsburgh over the weekend.