The Reds will go north with only two catchers and won't consider beginning the season with three catchers, which leaves Brantly's status up in the air. This doesn't mean the team won't consider adding Brantly to the team; rather, either Devin Mesoraco will be ready to can catch half the time, or he'll begin the year on the DL. Given that Mesoraco just started game action Sunday, this remains an open issue.
Brantly signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The 27-year-old catcher has made a few appearances in the big leagues, although he hasn't been able to translate his bat to the majors for the most part. Pair this with the plethora of other catchers in the Reds system, and it seems like Brantly will spend another year as organizational depth.
Brantly cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Brantley was designated for assignment Sunday, and now that he has gone through waivers unclaimed, he'll head to the minor leagues. The catcher hasn't been very impressive at the major league level in his career, but he could be called back up to Seattle if something happens to either backstop at the major league level.
Brantly was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Sunday. The Mariners decided to go with Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger as their two catchers to open the season, leaving no room for Brantly on the roster. The team will now have 10 days to trade or release Brantly, but it's more likely the Mariners will try to pass him through waivers and then stash him at Triple-A Tacoma.
Brantly, who joined the Mariners only about two weeks ago, could win the backup catcher job, though Steve Clevenger is still the favorite, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Brantley joined the Mariners on March 12, but he has impressed with his play this spring. The Mariners traded Mark Trumbo and his contract for Clevenger, so it would be a little surprising if he doesn't win the job. Both players are out of options, but the Mariners likely will try to sneak one through waivers. Both are also left-handed to starter Chris Iannetta's right-handed bat. The backup figures to catch about 50-60 games.