The Boston Crimson Sox purchase Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds and ship Jake Diekman to the Chicago White Sox for Reese McGuire

The Boston Red Sox have acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later or cash payments, the teams announced Monday night.

News of Pham’s signing came shortly after Boston agreed to send longtime catcher Christian Vazquez to the Houston Astros. But Boston moved quickly to replace Vazquez, acquiring catcher Reese McGuire and a player to be named later, or cash from the Chicago White Sox for left-hander Jake Diekman, the team said.

Whether the Red Sox would trade for short-term help before Tuesday’s close or look to the future was one of baseball’s bigger question marks. Boston has struggled since the All-Star break, falling to 51-52 and bottom in the American League East on Monday. However, it is only 3½ games behind the last AL wild card spot.

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Pham, 34, hit .238 with 11 home runs and 57 runs scored in his debut season in Cincinnati — one in which he made national headlines for a fantasy football feud that turned physical with the Giants’ Joc Pederson in May. Pham has a $1.5 million reciprocal option in his contract for the 2023 season.

McGuire, 27, has a .225 average over 53 games. He is eligible for arbitration for the next three seasons. A first-round pick for the Pirates in 2013, he has kicked out 11 of 36 attempted base-stealers this season, a 30.6% mark that ranks fourth-best in the American League.

McGuire became expendable for the White Sox when Yasmani Grandal returned after being sidelined by lower back spasms. McGuire was also outplayed by catcher Seby Zavala, who hit .296 in 30 games with two homers and went into the opener of the series Monday night against Kansas City.

The addition of Diekman brings a second left-hander into Chicago manager Tony La Russa’s bullpen, joining rookie Tanner Banks. The White Sox also have Aaron Bummer, but he’s on the injured list with a strained left lat.

Diekman was 5-1 with a 4.23 ERA in a team-high 44 games this season for Boston. His contract has $3.5 million in salaries this year and next and includes a $4 million team option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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