The Reds announced they would have 19 non-roster invites at big league camp in Spring Training when camp opens on Feb. 18 in Goodyear.
Here is the list:
RHP Nate Adcock, RHP Jonathon Crawford, RHP Nick Howard, RHP Michael Lorenzen, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP Jon Moscot, RHP Robert Stephenson and RHP Nick Travieso; catchers Ramon Cabrera, Kyle Skipworth and Chad Wallach; infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr., Irving Falu, Josh Satin and Neftali Soto; and outfielders Brennan Boesch, Ryan LaMarre, Felix Perez and Jesse Winker.
Below is the full camp roster:
The Reds claimed RHP Keyvius Sampson off waivers from the Padres on Thursday and now have a full 40-man roster. Sampson was recently designated for assignment by San Diego.
A fourth round pick in 2009, the 24-year-old Sampson has no big league experience and is coming off a rocky season in Triple-A. Last season, he posted a 6.68 ERA in 38 appearances, including 14 starts, for El Paso.
More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com
General manager Walt Jocketty liked Sampson’s power arm that throws between 93-96 mph. He could be a starting pitcher or end up in the bullpen, where he worked in the second half of last season.
“It’s a low-risk, high reward move for a $20,000 waiver claim acquisition cost,” Jocketty said. He’s making the minimum salary and has options left. We were fairly certain that other clubs behind us [in the order] would have put in claims.”
The Reds revealed on Wednesday that their pitchers and catchers are scheduled report to Spring Training at Goodyear, Ariz. on Feb. 18. Physicals will be taken on the morning of Feb. 19, followed by an afternoon workout.
The full squad report date is Feb. 23, with physicals and the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24.
The Reds’ 2015 Cactus League schedule can be viewed by clicking here.
Congratulations are in order, of course, for the newest elected members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. All are deserving of the honor.
In case you were curious, and I was, here is how each new Hall of Famer fared in their respective careers vs. the Reds:
Johnson: 3-3, 1.51 ERA, 11 G, 11 GS, 77 2/3 IP, 47 H, 16 BB, 113 K, 4 HR
Martinez: 7-2, 2.11 ERA, 18 G, 12 GS, 93 2/3 IP, 49 H, 25 BB, 106 K, 3 HR
Smoltz: 19-12, 3.12 ERA, 46 G, 39 GS, 282 2/3 IP, 236 H, 79 BB, 240 K, 31 HR
Biggio: .274/.348/.401, 18 HR, 84 RBI, 278 H, 69 2B, 3 3B, 32 SB, in 268 games
Three former Reds on the ballot for the first time — Aaron Boone, Rich Aurilia and Eddie Guardado — all fell short of receiving the needed five percent to remain on next year’s ballot. Boone received two votes out of 549 ballots cast while Aurilia and Guardado got zero votes.
Happy New Year and for those of you who are also Bengals fans, take solace in knowing that Opening Day for the Reds and Pirates at GABP is 91 days away on April 6.
The Reds have some work to do before going to Goodyear in February. That was the topic of my story on MLB.com/Reds.com today. Click here to read it.
Here’s the remaining checklist:
*Five arbitration cases (Frazier, Mesoraco, Cozart, Leake, Chapman)
*Try to sign Johnny Cueto
I don’t expect the Reds will make blockbuster moves to fill the top two needs. I could envision a couple of veterans being added via Minor League deals that come with camp invites. There aren’t a lot of names left on the free agent market. Joba Chamberlain, John Axford and Burke Badenhop kind of stand out among the available relievers.
As previously reported, the Reds were given until Opening Day by Cueto to get an extension completed.
With the arbitration cases, I would look for the Reds to at least try and get multi-year deals done with Frazier and Mesoraco to clear away the future arbitration years and perhaps the first year of free agent eligibility. It provides the players with a little security and the club can have a firm budget. The team has done this often in recent years with Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto getting similar contracts while still in their years of club control.
In case you were curious, new Reds LF Marlon Byrd picked his uniform number and Tweeted about it a couple of days ago.
Check it out:
The most recent wearers of No. 9 in Cincinnati have included:
Bob Boone (manager)
First Jack Hannahan signed to go to South Korea last week and now it appears another Reds free agent is headed to Japan.
Reliever Logan Ondrusek signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yakult Swallows, the Japan Times reported on Friday.
Ondrusek was non-tendered by the Reds last month.
On MLB.com, I will have the full reaction on the Marlon Byrd trade to the Reds for RHP Ben Lively from GM Walt Jocketty and Byrd.
Reds manager Bryan Price was also pleased to acquire a run producer and left fielder.
“I’m really excited about it for the obvious reasons,” Price said. “Certainly for the run production since that was an area we struggled with through the injuries and challenges of last year. The theme we’ve been talking about a lot here is having somebody that can really go out there on a daily basis and play the game the right way and add another quality professional to our mix. It makes us better in a lot of ways, not just statistically from a run production standpoint but from the standpoint of how hard we’re going to play and how we prepare. He can help our guys. He’s got plenty of years in the league. If that can rub off on our players, he makes everyone around him better.”
Price believed that Byrd brings intangibles to the clubhouse. He’s been aware of him from years of his teams playing against Byrd at his various stops in the Majors.
“It’s one of those things that just stand out,” Price said. “What the intangibles are beyond the productivity in a particular role. Those to me are always on display for guys who never shut it down. There are a lot of guys that can play hard when things are going well and swinging the bat well or pitching well. There’s a certain energy that emanates from that player. The guys that stand out as true professionals are the guys that continue to play at that high of a level of intensity and aggressiveness and effort when they’re not playing well or their team is not winning consistently. I always noticed that about Marlon that it didn’t matter the circumstances. He played the game hard and he played it the right way.”
Price was asked if he had a lineup in mind with Byrd part of it and did not have one yet. I’d imagine he’ll go somewhere in the middle of the order.
The Reds acquired veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Phillies in a trade for right-handed pitching prospect Ben Lively, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal first broke the transaction. The Reds will also receive an unspecified amount of cash in the deal to pick up a portion of Byrd’s salary.
Neither team has commented on or confirmed the report.
Byrd, 37, is set to make $8 million next season with an $8 million vesting option for 2016 that becomes guaranteed with 600 plate appearances in 2015 or 1,100 plate appearances in 2014-15, including 550 plate appearances in 2015.
More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com.
UPDATE — Still waiting for official word as of 3 p.m.
Some pros on Byrd:
*Hit 49 homers the past two seasons.
*Was big in the Pirates’ stretch run of 2013 after he was a Trade Deadline acquisition…batted .364 in six games during his only postseason.
*185 strikeouts last season was a career high.
*Two games since in LF since 2010 season.
UPDATE NO. 2 at 3:23 p.m. — The Reds announced the deal is complete. Walt Jocketty and Bryan Price will hold a conference call with the media soon.
Story up on MLB.com here:
Remember when I mentioned Seth Smith last week and how he could be a fit for the Reds? Forget all about that.
From MLB.com’s Greg Johns:
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik made a late addition to his holiday shopping cart on Tuesday, as he completed a trade for Padres outfielder Seth Smith that gives Seattle a strong platoon option in right field for 2015.
The Mariners sent right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer to the Padres in the deal, using their bullpen depth to add another offensive piece to a club looking to challenge in the American League West next season.
Full story below: