Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 12:45pm


The Cincinnati Reds acquired pitcher Cionel Perez from the Houston Astros for catcher Luke Berryhill.

What does it give the Cincinnati Reds
In Perez, the Reds land a left-handed reliever with 20 MLB appearances on his resume. He did a lot of starting in the minors but should continue to pitch out of the bullpen for Cincinnati. He is a good bet to make the roster in 2021 as one of the team's southpaws.

What does it give the Houston Astros
In Berryhill, the Astros get a 22-year-old catcher who last played at Single-A Greeneville in 2019. He is probably no more than a backup catcher prospect, but Houston might offer Berryhill a greater opportunity to move up the organizational ladder.

Fantasy impact
While Perez does have some upside as a fantasy reliever, he should not be drafted in 2021 because his role remains undefined in Major League Baseball. However, keep an eye on him. Meanwhile, Berryhill is likely a few years away from being on the big-league radar, and the jury is still out on his long-range upside.

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Cincinnati Reds

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