Signed for 2017: OF Gabriel Guerrero (re-signed minor league contract), RHRP Kevin Shackelford (re-signed minor league contract), LHRP Lucas Luetge (minor league contract), RHRP Domingo Tapia (minor league contract), C Shawn Zarraga (minor league contract)
---Guerrero was non-tendered by the Reds earlier this week and subsequently re-signed to a new minor league contract.
---Shackelford was originally acquired from the Brewers in the Jon Broxton trade. He qualified for free agency last month but is back in the fold, he had a 2.03 ERA in 35 AA/AAA games this past year.
---Luetge saw action in 111 major league games with the Mariners from 2012-2015 where he burned through all 3 of his options. He spent last season pitching for the Angels AAA affiliate.
---The Mets attempted to transition Tapia to the bullpen this past season after he underwent TJS in 2015. The now 25 year old has played just 4 games above the A+ level.
---Zarraga, the soon to be 28 year old catcher has spent the past 9 seasons playing for the MIL and LAD minor league affiliates. The Reds lack upper minor depth at the position.
---Tony cleared waivers and can not elect free agency, he's been assigned to AAA Louisville (and will certainly receive a spring invite). The soon to be 26 year old hit .311 - .363 - .434 in nearly 100 games with the Reds AA and AAA affiliates last season but struggled badly in 32 games with the major league club. Since he can't play C, SS, or CF he was a safe bet to clear waivers. The Reds acquired him in the Aroldis Chapman trade (2 of the 3 players received have now been outrighted by the Reds).
Acquired via Rule 5 Draft and Traded for a PTBNL & Cash $: C Luis Torrens (major league phase from NYY)
---The Reds selected Luis Torrens with the 2nd selection in this years' Rule 5 draft and was immediately traded to the San Diego Padres. The Reds will receive the $100,000 selection fee and a PTBNL in return. The soon to be 21 year old will have to stay on the Padres 25 man roster all year or be offered back to the Yankees.
Acquired via Rule 5 Draft: C Stuart Turner (major league phase from MIN), and RHRP Jose Adames (minor league phase from MIA)
---Turner (who turns 25 this month and has yet to play above AA) will battle for the Reds backup catcher slot this spring. There's also a chance the Reds carry 3 catchers out of camp, if Mesoraco is healthy, Devin would be used in a catcher/pinch hitter role. Stuart was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft by the Twins out of the University of Mississippi ($550,000 signing bonus), he's hit a combined .241 - .325 - .352 and thrown out 35% of would be basestealers in that time. He'll likely slot in the back end of BaseballAmerica.Com's top 30 Reds prospects when the 2017 season opens.
---Adames, turns 24 in January, and has a 3.65 ERA in 353 career minor league innings (354 H's, 166 BB's, 285 K's). He was particularly brutal last season with A+ Jupiter (6.38 ERA) and was left off the Marlins AAA Reserve Roster (I.E. they didn't think he was one of their best 78 players). He was initially signed as an IFA out of the Dominican Republic in August, 2010. He's been assigned to the Reds AAA Reserve Roster but will likely not start the year in AAA Louisville.
Lost via Rule 5 Draft: 1B Art Charles (to MIL), and RHRP Jefri Hernandez (to BAL)
---Charles and Hernandez were both signed last month to minor league deals, they have never suited up in a Reds organization uniform.
***Torrens and Turner were immediately placed on the Reds 40 Man Roster, which is now full (but will drop back to 39 once the Torrens trade becomes official). Though Torrens and Turner have 3 options remaining, neither can be optioned to the minors this year per rules of the Rule 5 draft.
***Adames was immediately placed on the Reds AAA Reserve roster (38 strong) but can be assigned to any level without punishment of return.
---The Torrens trade is now official, the Reds return from San Diego includes IF Josh Van Meter in addition to the $100,000 fee they spent in the draft.
The Padres selected him in the 5th round of the 2013 draft, out of a Fort Wayne, Indiana suburb HS ($308,000 bonus), he'll turn 22 in March. He was drafted as a SS but played primarily at 3B last year - he struggled defensively, and also offensively hitting .251 - .331 - .403 on the year. He spent most of the year at A+ but did get into 29 games at AA, where he floundered - which isn't shocking since he was 3 years younger than the average player at that level.
Signed for 2017: IF Hernan Iribarren (re-signed minor league contract), RHRP Rob Wooten (minor league contract), and C Rob Brantly (minor league contract)
---The 32 year old Iribarren made it back to the bigs last season with the Reds, a place he hadn't been since 2009. He fared well hitting .311 in 45 major league PA's and .327 in 410 AAA PA's. He has become a Jack of All Trades type player, playing everywhere but behind the plate - he has even pitched. The signing comes with a Spring Invite.
---Wooten, 31 years of age, pitched in 71 games with the Brew Crew from 2013-2015 (5.03 ERA in 68 IP w/ 74 H's, 22 BB's, and 53 K's). He pitched last season with the Braves AAA affiliate primarily as a reliever but did make a few spot starts. In his 312 game minor league career he has put up a 3.37 ERA in 425 innings pitched w/ 389 H's, 111 BB's, and 427 K's. He was initially selected by Milwaukee in the 13th round of the 2008 draft as a senior out of UNC.
---Brantly, 27 years of age, has seen action in 112 major league games over the past 5 years with the Marlins and White Sox, though he spent all of last season in the minors. He's hit .269 - .313 - .394 in over 500 minor league games since being drafted by the Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. He too received a Spring Invite.
Claimed off Waivers: UT Richie Shaffer (from PHI), RHP Tyrell Jenkins (TEX)
---Shaffer, 25, spent parts of the 2015-16 seasons at the Major League level with the Rays; hitting .213/.310/.410 in 142 plate appearances. The former first-round pick has slashed .243/.338/.445 with 30 homers in 188 AAA games. He plays all 4 corners but is primarily a 1Bman.
---Jenkins, 24, was once a highly regarded Cardinals prospect (drafted No. 50 overall in 2010) who went to the Braves in the Jason Heyward/Shelby Miller deal back in 2014, and Atlanta traded him to Texas earlier this month. The Rangers, though, designated Jenkins for assignment this week and weren’t able to pass him through waivers. He pitched poorly in the majors this past season with the Braves - 5.88 ERA, 4.5 K/9, 5.7 BB/9 in 52 innings and in AAA - a 2.86 ERA in 129 innings but with 5.9 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9.
Lost off Waivers: C Juan Graterol (by ARI)
---The Reds claimed Graterol off waivers from the Angels about 4 weeks ago. With the acquisition of C Stuart Turner via the Rule 5 draft, the Reds could gamble (attempt to pass him through waivers).
---The Reds made their first major league free agent purchase of the winter. Storen, 29, has pitched in 412 major league games over the past 7 seasons; amassing a 3.31 ERA and 98 saves in 385 IP (7.9 H/9, 2.5 BB/9, 8.6 K/9). He has a career .234 - .296 - .344 line against. He was initially drafted by the Nationals in the 1st round of the 2009 draft out of Stanford University ($1.6M signing bonus).
His 2016 season represented a significant departure from his prior years’ work, as Storen scuffled to a 5.23 ERA over 51 2/3 frames split between the Blue Jays and Mariners. Declining fastball velocity (92.3 mph average, down from 94.1 mph in 2015) and elevated home-run tallies (six in 33 1/3 innings with the Jays) were just two of the major problems that arose. Storen was so bad with Toronto he nded up being designated for assignment in July and was ultimately swapped in a change-of-scenery deal for Joaquin Benoit. He did perform much better once he was with the Mariners.
It’s a one-year, $3M major-league deal. Storen, can earn an additional $1.5M via incentives. He’ll receive $50K apiece upon appearing in 15, 20, and 25 games, $100K apiece upon appearing in 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55 games, plus another $150K upon reaching 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 games finished. In addition, he'll receive a $500K assignment bonus in the event he’s traded. Since he was an Article XX-B Free Agent (someone who had 6+ years of major league service and finished last year on a MLB 40 man roster) he receives an automatic no-trade clause in effect until June 15th, after which he can be traded to anywhere.
Lost off Waivers: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (to SDP)
---The Reds claimed Jenkins off waivers just 2 weeks prior, his 40 man spot was used on Storen.
Signed for 2017: RHRP Louis Coleman (minor league contract), RHRP Geoff Broussard (minor league contract), RHRP Deunte Heath (minor league contract), C Adrian Nieto (minor league contract), RHRP Austin Ross (minor league contract), OF Leon Landry (minor league contract)
---Coleman, soon to be 31 years old, was a 5th rd pick by the Royals in 2009 out of LSU. He's seen action 213 major league games including 61 with the Dodgers last season where he pitched a 4.69 ERA while battling a shoulder injury. He was released by the Royals at the end of the 2015 season and was nontendered a month ago Los Angeles. He's out of options and been outrighted once before, so if the Reds purchase his contract and later try to pass him through waivers he'll have the right to elect free agency if he clears. On the bright side, if the Reds purchase his contract and he performs well - he is controllable for multiple years - as he would be arbitration eligible next winter. His contract comes with a spring training invite.
---Broussard, now 26 yrs of age, was a 23rd rd pick by the Phillies in 2012 out of CAL Poly Tech. He's been released by 2 organizations already (PHI & LAA), pitched well in AA early last year but then scuffled at AAA.
---Heath, now 31 yrs of age, was a 19th rd pick by the Braves in the 2006 out of University of Tennessee. He pitched in 8 major league games with CHW back in '12/13. He's also been released by 2 organizations (ATL & CHW). He spent the past 3 seasons playing in Japan & Mexico.
---Nieto, now 27 yrs of age, was a 5th rd pick by the Nationals in the 2008 draft out of a Florida HS. Four years ago he was drafted by the White Sox in the Rule 5 draft and saw action in 48 major league games the following season (spending all year with the club). He spent 2015 & 2016 back in the minors.
---Ross, now 28 years of age, was an 8th rd pick by the Brewers in the 2010 draft out of LSU. He became a six-year minor league free agent at the end of the 2016 season. He's yet to reach the majors and has a 4.22 ERA in 507 minor league innings with 514 H's, 154 BB's, and 493 K's
---Landry, now 27 years of age, was a 3rd rd pick by the Dodgers in the 2010 draft out of LSU. He was later acquired by the Mariners for Brandon League. He became a six-year minor league free agent at the end of the 2016 season. He's yet to reach the majors and has hit a combined .272 - .319 - .406 in nearly 700 minor league games.
***Of the 382 pitchers to throw at least 40 innings last year, Coleman's 89.0 mph FBv ranked 354th. If his slider isn't working your Grandma wouldn't have a problem teeing off him.
Placed on AA Pensacola Restricted List: RHRP Carlos Gonzalez
Gonzalez, 26, has been suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for methamphetamine. He was a 21st-round pick in 2011 out of Cal State Northridge. He’s played in AA each of the past three seasons, recording eight saves for Pensacola in 2016. If he isn't released or purchased by the en of the 2017 season he'll qualify for free agency.
---Straily, who had bounced around the league following a promising 2012-13 debut with the A’s, logged 191 1/3 innings with a 3.76 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and a 32 percent ground-ball rate and reestablished himself as a Major League rotation piece this past season with the Reds after being claimed off waivers.
Acquired via Trade: RHSP Luis Castillo, RHRP Austin Brice, and OF Isaiah White
---Castillo, 24, an IFA signing out of the Dominican Republic, rated as Miami's No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America and their No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com. The hard-throwing righty is said to have a fastball that can touch triple digits and sits in the upper 90s, and he’s fresh off an excellent season with Miami’s Class-A Advanced affiliate in the Florida State League (plus a brief Double-A appearance late in the year). Castillo posted a 2.07 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 117 2/3 innings in High-A, and another 14 innings of 3.86 ERA ball at Double-A for good measure. The Marlins originally landed him in the trade that sent Casey McGehee to the Giants. Castillo was originally one of the prospects that went from Miami to San Diego in the Andrew Cashner/Colin Rea trade, but the Marlins reacquired him from the Padres after Rea suffered a UCL tear in his first start as a member of the Marlins.
---Brice, 24, was originally selected by Miami in the 9th round of the 2010 draft. He made his Major League debut in 2016, and while he struggled to the tune of 11 earned runs in 14 innings, he also allowed only nine hits against five walks with 14 strikeouts. Add to that a composite 2.74 ERA in 102 minor league innings (93 1/3 frames at Double-A plus 8 2/3 in Triple-A), and there’s a chance that Brice could open the year in Cincinnati’s bullpen.
---White, 20 years of age, was Miami's 2015 3rd rd pick. He spent last season with Miami’s short-season Class-A affiliate, hitting .214/.306/.301 in 51 games and 201 plate appearances. He's regarded as a plus defender and runner.
Designated for Assignment: OF Steve Selsky
---The 27 year old, former 33rd round draft pick out of the University of Arizona in 2011 made his major league debut last season with the Reds...hitting .314 in 24 games. Prior to the trade he was slated to make the Reds opening day 25 man roster. Though he doesn't have much upside, the fact that he still has two options remaining means he has a high chance of being claimed by someone who could use the depth.
***Castillo & Brice were added to the Reds 40 man roster, which is full.
---The Reds made their second major league free agent purchase of the winter. Feldman, soon to be 34, has pitched in 321 major league games over the past 12 seasons; amassing a 4.40 ERA in 1,275 IP (9.4 H/9, 2.9 BB/9, 5.6 K/9). He has a career .269 - .328 - .416 line against. He was initially drafted by the Rangers in the 30th round of the 2003 draft out of a California Junior College.
After dealing with shoulder issues in late 2015, he was seen as a question mark heading into the 2016 Astros spring camp, and ended up mostly being relegated to the bullpen. He provided Houston with 62 innings of 2.90 ERA pitching before being traded to Toronto where he pitched another 15 innings with an 8.40 ERA. He made only 1 spot start after April 24th.
It’s a one-year, $2.3M major-league deal. Feldman, can earn an additional $2.2M via incentives for starts and/or an additional $1.5M via incentives for relief appearances.
The right-hander will earn an extra $100K for making his 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th starts, and an extra $200K for making his 10th, 12th, 14th, 17th, and 20th starts. Feldman can also earn $100K for making 25 relief appearances, $200K for 30 and 35 relief appearances, and then $250K for 40, 45, 50 and 55 relief appearances.
Since he was an Article XX-B Free Agent (someone who had 6+ years of major league service and finished last year on a MLB 40 man roster) he receives an automatic no-trade clause in effect until June 15th, after which he can be traded to anywhere.
Lost off Waivers: UT Richie Shaffer (to CLE)
---The Reds claimed Shaffer off waivers last month, his 40 man spot was used on Feldman.