So, you're sitting at your desk Monday morning when suddenly a co-worker sits beside you, opens his laptop and starts working on the same project you are.
"Man, what are you doing? This is my gig," you might say.
"Dude, didn't you hear?" Your buddy answers. "You're gonna be transferred today. They told me to come take over your work."
That's basically what happened to Reds ace Johnny Cueto on Saturday. As Cueto was warming up before Saturday's game against the Rockies, another Reds starter, Michael Lorenzen, came out to the bullpen and started warming up as well. Why? Apparently a member of the Reds staff told Lorenzen that Cueto was getting traded to Kansas City before the game so he'd better get ready to start in Cueto's place.
All this was news to Cueto, who, when he found out he might be gone, pitched an eight inning shutout gem. As it turns out, the trade was delayed 24 hours but Cueto admitted he was upset by the way he found out. (Hey, who wouldn't be?)
Now you might remember earlier this season when Reds manager Bryan Price went on his expletive laced tirade. It was directed at a Reds beat reporter because one of the Reds players found out about his demotion to the minors through the reporter's tweet. Price hadn't told the player first about the demotion, and in a case of déjà vu all over again, Price didn't tell Cueto about the possible deal before he heard it from Lorenzen.
For his part, Price told the media Sunday it didn't come down quite that harshly, but he had no idea how word leaked out about the pending trade.
You'd think Price would have learned the first time, there are no secrets in the clubhouse. Johnny Cueto deserved more respect than to be caught up in bullpen rumors.