Decision looming on Matthews Jr.’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that the Reds have a July 24 deadline looming when it comes to OF Gary Matthews Jr. If Matthews isn’t promoted from Triple-A Louisville by then, he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty confirmed that for me Tuesday afternoon. Matthews is batting .310 with three homers 5 RBIs and a .355 OBP

“We have to make a decision,” Jocketty said. “We’re not at that point yet. We’ll see and evaluate the situation and whether he can help us now or not.”

Matthews Jr. was signed to a Minor League deal on June 24, not long after he was released by the Mets. The Reds have a crowded outfield already with Drew Stubbs in center field and Jay Bruce, Jonny Gomes, Laynce Nix and Chris Heisey.



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