Player News - Reds

Date: Team: Pos:

Reds selected C Luis Torrens from the Yankees with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

There's talk of the Reds moving Torrens quickly to another team. The 20-year-old catcher batted just .250/.350/.337 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 214 plate appearances this past season between Low-A Staten Island and Low-A Charleston. He's dealt with some recent shoulder problems.
Dec 8 - 9:21 AM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have spoken to the Reds about starters Anthony DeSclafani and Dan Straily.

Sullivan notes that the Reds "need relief" and that Rangers setup man Jeremy Jeffress is "of interest," but it doesn't sound like these discussions are very far along. DeSclafani posted a cool 3.28 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, and 105/30 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings this past season for Cincinnati and he is under club control through 2020. He should command much more than bullpen help, but the Reds don't always operate in the wisest of ways.
Dec 6 - 5:38 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that teams have been inquiring on Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.

Heyman opines that the Reds are probably not inclined to move him. We know that the Reds are also getting hits on Billy Hamilton and Dan Straily while also trying to move Zack Cozart and Brandon Phillips. DeSclafani posted a 3.28 ERA and 105/30 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings this past season. He's not close to being expensive yet, so there's no sense of urgency to move him.
Dec 6 - 2:14 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers asked the Reds about Dan Straily in addition to Billy Hamilton.

Nothing is said to be close. Straily, 27, is coming off a surprising 2016 where he posted a 3.76 ERA and 162/73 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings. He's not yet eligible for arbitration.
Dec 6 - 12:54 PM

Reds sent INF/OF Tony Renda outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Renda cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but will remain in the organization. The soon-to-be 26-year-old batted just .183/.246/.217 over 67 plate appearances for the Reds in 2016.
Dec 5 - 4:26 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are eyeing Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last week that the Cincinnati front office "would have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to move the speedy Hamilton, but the Rangers have the kind of young talent to make something happen. Hamilton is a .248/.297/.334 career hitter over four major league seasons, but his speed and his defensive range in the outfield can be game-changing elements.
Dec 5 - 7:48 AM

Reds re-signed OF Gabby Guerrero to a minor league contract.

The Reds non-tendered Guerrero after claiming him off waivers last month, but he'll remain with the organization. Vlad's nephew hit just .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels in 2016.
Dec 4 - 10:09 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that he would be comfortable using Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen in the closer role.

Iglesias was the Reds' main closer down the stretch last season and fared well, and he's also the most talented pitcher of the aforementioned trio. But, while Iglesias is probably first in line for saves, Price seems to be leaning toward using all three pitchers in the role and often having them pitch multiple innings at a time. "I'd say right now that we have a series of guys that I'm comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen)," Price said. "Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there's no defined closer. There are multiple options and I'd like to stick with the philosophy that we're going to have our multi-inning guys, so we're going to need multi-closers."
Dec 4 - 10:06 AM

Reds non-tendered C Ramon Cabrera.

The 27-year-old backstop did a respectable job as Tucker Barnhart's primary backup in 2016, slashing .246/.279/.357 with three homers and 23 RBI in 185 plate appearances. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market.
Dec 3 - 10:35 AM

Reds non-tendered OF Gabby Guerrero.

Guerrero, who is the nephew of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, was claimed off of waivers from the Diamondbacks last week and now finds himself as a free agent. He struggled with the bat in 2016, slashing .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels, but possesses enough talent that he should find another club willing to give him a shot.
Dec 3 - 10:30 AM

Reds non-tendered RHP Keyvius Sampson.

The 25-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment last week, but the Reds were unable to find a trade partner. Sampson appeared in 31 games for the Reds over the past two seasons, compiling a 5.60 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 84/53 K/BB ratio over 91 2/3 innings.
Dec 3 - 10:28 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role.
Dec 2 - 6:00 PM

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds would "have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to trade outfielder Billy Hamilton.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Reds were open to trading Hamilton and Buchanan confirms that they have indeed heard from some teams about the possibility, but it doesn't sound like anything has gone further from that. Hamilton is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so there isn't necessarily a sense of urgency to move him right now, but it's smart for a rebuilding team to at least do some due diligence on the matter.
Nov 29 - 3:16 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Reds are open to trading outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Olney notes that the Reds are listening to offers on all of their players, which shouldn't really be all that surprising for a rebuilding team. Hamilton would no doubt make sense for a few contenders. The 26-year-old took a step forward offensively in 2016 before going down with an oblique injury and offers game-changing speed and defense. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Nov 29 - 1:04 PM

Reds designated RHP Keyvius Sampson for assignment.

Sampson, who will turn 26 in January, has put up a 5.60 ERA while splitting time between the Reds' rotation and bullpen the last two seasons. He'll catch on with a minor league deal somewhere.
Nov 28 - 4:10 PM


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