Osich's contract was selected by the Reds on Saturday.
Osich joined the Reds on a minor-league deal over the offseason. The veteran lefty will earn another big-league opportunity despite posting a mediocre 5.40 ERA in 15 innings for Triple-A Louisville. He's thrown 206.1 career innings at the major-league level but hasn't done much of note, posting a career 5.02 ERA overall and a 5.67 ERA over the last four years. Ashton Goudeau was optioned in a corresponding move.
Osich was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday.
Osich displayed improved velocity during spring training and posted a 5.63 ERA and 14:5 K:BB in eight innings across eight Cactus League appearances. However, the southpaw won't break camp with the team and should head to Triple-A Louisville to begin the 2021 season.
Osich was throwing his fastball between 93-95 mph in his first spring training outing, after averaging only 92 mph last season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Osich is in the Reds spring training camp on a non-roster invite. That he's left-handed works in his favor - only Amir Garrett and Sean Doolittle are lefties in their pen, barring the possibility of Wade Miley not starting.
Osich signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Monday.
The deal includes an invitation to big-league camp. The veteran lefty threw 18.1 innings for the Red Sox and Cubs last season, struggling to a 6.38 ERA. However, his 27.9 percent strikeout rate, 5.8 percent walk rate and 54.5 percent groundball rate were all solidly better than league average, so he has the potential to be a capable relief option this season.
The Cubs outrighted Osich to their alternate training site Friday.
Osich will remain in the organization since he cleared waivers two days after the Cubs designated him for assignment. The 32-year-old lefty made 17 relief appearances for the Red Sox and Cubs in 2020, compiling a 6.38 ERA across 18.1 innings.
The Cubs designated Osich for assignment Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Osich was cut loose to make room on the 40-man roster and the active roster for Josh Phegley, who will serve as the Cubs' No. 3 catcher during the team's postseason run. Over his 17 regular-season appearances between the Red Sox and Cubs, Osich posted a 6.38 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 18.1 innings.
Osich was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Sunday.
Osich has made four relief appearances for the Cubs since being acquired from the Red Sox at the trade deadline. He has been largely ineffective, and he gave up three runs (one earned) while failing to record an out Saturday. Jose Martinez was recalled in a corresponding move.
Osich was traded from the Red Sox to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Osich has been a bit inconsistent out of the bullpen this season, but he's tossed three scoreless innings over his past three appearances, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out three. The southpaw should continue to serve in a middle relief role in Chicago as he sports a 5.74 ERA and 20:5 K:BB over 15.2 innings this season.
Osich (1-1) picked up the win in Sunday's victory over Washington, allowing a pair of hits across 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck out one and did not issue a walk.
Boston starter Zack Godley was spotted early leads of 5-0 and 8-2 but could not get out of the fifth inning. Osich picked up the win as a result, collecting four outs while keeping the Nats off the board. It marked the left-hander's first win on the campaign.
Osich (0-1) took the loss Monday, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one over two innings versus the Mets.
Osich surrendered a two-run homer to Michael Conforto in the second inning, and the Red Sox hitters were never able to even the score. This was Osich's second appearance of the year -- he previously pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Orioles. The early usage pattern suggests the 31-year-old southpaw may be in line for a versatile role in 2020.
Osich will serve as the opener in Monday's game against the Mets, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Osich earned a spot in Boston's bullpen as a middle reliever to begin the season, but he'll serve as the opener Monday ahead of Zack Godley. Osich allowed no runs on one hit and no walks while striking out one in relief during Saturday's loss to the Orioles.
Osich has been named to Boston's 30-man roster, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Osich earned a spot in Boston's Opening Day bullpen thanks to expanded rosters. The southpaw should fill a middle-relief role for the Red Sox in 2020 after posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 67.2 innings last season.
Osich was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Osich joined the Red Sox during spring training, but he'll likely begin the season in the minors despite a strong spring showing in which he posted a 3.96 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 4.2 innings. The 31-year-old was effective as a middle reliever for the White Sox last year, posting a 4.66 ERA and 61:15 K:BB over 67.2 innings. Given his past production, it wouldn't be surprising to see Osich join the major-league bullpen at some point in 2020.
Osich re-signed Wednesday with the Red Sox on a one-year contract.
Boston non-tendered Osich prior to Monday's deadline, but the reliever will return to the 40-man roster on a cheaper rate now that he'll no longer be eligible for arbitration. According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Osich's contract is a split deal worth $850,000 at the MLB level. The lefty reliever made 57 appearances out of the White Sox bullpen in 2019, posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 67.2 innings.
Osich was non-tendered by the Red Sox on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Osich was scooped up off waivers by the Red Sox at the end of October, but he'll head to the open market after being non-tendered. He posted a 4.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 67.2 innings with the White Sox in 2019, likely good enough to earn a big-league offer.
Osich was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
The 31-year-old made 57 appearances in his first and only season with the White Sox, recording a 4.66 ERA but allowing a career-worst 15 home runs over 67.2 innings. He'll hope to find a role in Boston's bullpen after showing some promising signs in 2019 despite some struggles to limit home runs.
Osich (4-0) picked up the win as the primary pitcher against the Indians on Thursday, giving up no runs or hits over 3.1 innings, striking out three and walking none as the White Sox prevailed 8-0.
Working behind opener Jose Ruiz, Osich was lights-out, retiring all seven batters he faced and picking up his fourth win of the season with the help of a strong effort from the White Sox offense. He has a 4.68 ERA for the year but is enjoying a strong second half of the season, with this outing leaving him with just two earned runs to his name over his last 10.2 innings.
Osich (3-0) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings versus the Mariners on Friday, allowing three hits while striking out three to earn the win.
Osich was called on to finish the fourth inning in place of starter Dylan Covey, and he was the beneficiary of a big night for the White Sox bats. In 21.2 innings since the start of August, Osich has pitched to a 2.91 ERA with 24 strikeouts and a 1.10 WHIP. It's been a decent second half of the season for the southpaw, who owns a 4.79 ERA and 55:14 K:BB across 62 innings overall this year.
Osich allowed a home run in one inning in Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Tigers.
It's no surprise to see Osich make a low-leverage appearance or give up a long ball. The 30-year-old left-hander has appeared in 25 games, 18 of them when the White Sox have lost. He has a 5.28 ERA and has given up eight homers over 29 innings (2.5 HR/9).
Osich was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.
The lefty is up to replace Caleb Frare, who was optioned to Charlotte on Wednesday. Osich threw 120.1 major-league innings over parts of four major-league seasons with the Giants, recording an unimpressive 5.01 ERA.
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|2012||AFA-San Jose Giants||32.1||27||2||0||0||2||1||34||11||34||3.65||1.402|
|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||40.1||34||0||0||3||1||12||48||10||32||2.47||1.047|
|2013||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||29.2||22||0||0||2||3||3||28||12||26||4.93||1.301|
|2014||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||33.1||28||0||0||1||0||0||27||20||28||3.81||1.450|
|2015||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||7.0||6||0||0||0||0||2||11||2||3||0.00||0.714|
|2015||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||34.0||31||0||0||0||1||19||34||10||23||1.59||0.971|
|2016||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||7.0||7||0||0||0||0||0||8||2||6||1.29||1.143|
|2016||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||1.0||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||4||1||18.00||5.000|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||9.1||9||0||0||1||1||2||8||3||12||7.91||1.648|
|2018||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||45.1||37||2||0||0||0||0||42||18||56||4.99||1.641|