Mattheus agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Cincinnati declined to tender Mattheus a contract at the end of the 2015 season, but will welcome the right-hander back on a minors deal with a chance to earn a bullpen spot in the spring. Mattheus does not have the swing-and-miss stuff to replace Aroldis Chapman as the Reds' closer (career 5.3 K/9), but he generates groundballs at a good clip and lowered his walk rate back below 3.0 BB/9 last season.
Mattheus will not be tendered a contract by the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Reds took a flier on Mattheus after the Angels designated him for assignment in mid-May, but he did not impress the team enough to earn a contract tender heading into his first winter of arbitration eligibility. Another team will likely bring in the right-hander on the cheap, because while he rarely misses bats, Mattheus is able to keep the ball on the ground and he showed improved control in 2015.
Reds pitcher Ryan Mattheus said his knee checked out OK after Monday's win over the Cubs, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Mattheus received his first win of the season after tossing a scoreless inning of work Monday.
A day after claiming Ryan Mattheus off waivers, the Reds have added him to their roster and optioned fellow right-hander Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville. Mattheus has pitched in just eight major league games over the last two years, but has been effective. He has allowed just one run in 9 2/3 innings over that stretch.
The Reds have claimed right-hander Ryan Mattheus off waivers, the team announced Wednesday. Mattheus was designated for assignment by the Angels on Tuesday after making just one appearance this season. He is expected to be in Cincinnati in time for Thursday's game against the Giants and will likely be utilized as depth in the bullpen for manager Bryan Price.