Farmer agreed to a one-year deal with the Reds on Wednesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. He was non-tendered by the Reds and then just minutes later it was announced that the two sides had already agreed on a new deal. Farmer doesn't do much damage at the plate, but he can play almost every position on the field, and it's that defensive versatility that appealed to the Reds.
Farmer was non-tendered by the Reds on Wednesday. A jack of all trades but master of none, Farmer saw time at five different positions last year for Cincinnati, but he logged a wRC+ under 77 for the fourth straight season. He will attempt to catch on elsewhere as a super utility player.
Farmer started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Milwaukee. The shortstop spot has been a black hole in the Cincinnati lineup for much of September, so manager David Bell opted to give Farmer a look at the position in the hope he might provide a spark. The move didn't pay off, with the hitless showing dropping Farmer's season-long average to .259. Farmer will retreat to his normal bench role in the series finale with the Brewers on Wednesday while Freddy Galvis starts at shortstop.
Farmer is in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's game against the Brewers, batting eighth and playing shortstop. Farmer sat in Game 1, but will take the place of Jose Garcia for the second half of the twin bill.
Farmer went 3-for-3 in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Cardinals. The Reds were only able to muster six baserunners (four hits, two walks) against Kwang-Hyun Kim and the Cardinals' bullpen, and Farmer accounted for exactly half of them. All three of Farmer's hits were singles. The utility man is hitting .294/.351/.353 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base through 37 plate appearances this season.