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Reds' Cionel Perez: Traded to Cincinnati
Perez was traded from the Astros to the Reds on Saturday in exchange for catcher Luke Berryhill.
Perez spent just under a month in the majors during the 2020 season and made seven relief appearances for Houston. He allowed two runs on seven hits and six walks while striking out eight over 6.1 innings. He'll now compete for a big-league roster spot with the Reds ahead of the 2021 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Hector Perez: Traded to Reds
Perez was traded from the Blue Jays to the Reds on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
The minor move clears a 40-man roster spot for Toronto to add the newly acquired George Springer. Perez made his big-league debut as a 24-year-old last season, making a single relief appearance. Prior to that, he'd pitched at the Double-A level, posting a 4.60 ERA and a 12.3 percent walk rate in 24 starts and two bullpen appearances in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Hunter Greene: Velocity returns
Greene (elbow) was able to regain his 100 mph fastball velocity while recently throwing at the Reds' alternate training site, Bobby Nightengale Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This is a big year for Greene, who hasn't pitched in game action since 2018. He still needs to improve his offspeed offerings and his command, let alone make it through a full season healthy.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Luis Castillo: No trade imminent
Reds GM Nick Krall issued a statement suggesting that rumors of Castillo being traded to the Yankees are 'completely false,' Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "[The rumors] are completely false," Krall texted. "We intend to have [Castillo] as a member of our rotation for 2021."
While Krall has asserted that he'll listen to offers for nearly everyone, it doesn't really make sense to trade Castillo, absent an overwhelming package. He's making only $4.2 million with the Reds in 2021 and won't become a free agent for another three seasons.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Luis Castillo: Reaches deal with Reds
Castillo signed a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The right-hander is in his first year of arbitration eligibility, so the $4.2 million is a significant figure despite him still being underpaid. Castillo had a 3.21 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 89:24 K:BB over 70 innings last season, and he should sit at the top of Cincinnati's rotation in 2021 alongside Sonny Gray.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Amir Garrett: Agrees to terms with Cincy
Garrett signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander receives a raise from the Reds in his first season of arbitration eligibility. Garrett had a 2.45 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 26:7 K:BB over 18.1 innings during 2020 and will enter spring training in competition for the closer's role following the departure of Raisel Iglesias.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tyler Mahle: Settles with Reds for $2.2 million
Mahle agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Mahle will get a nice raise coming off a breakout 2020 season in which he logged a 3.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Most projection systems are bearish on his 2021 production, predicting something closer to his career 4.68 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, but if Mahle can maintain his significant gains in strikeout rate (up to 29.9 percent), he should beat those projections by quite a bit.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Jesse Winker: No arbitration necessary
Winker and the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million contract Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Winker took a step forward at the plate in 2020, though it's perhaps more accurate to say he took two steps forward and one step back. He was suddenly no longer a contact hitter, as his 25.1 percent strikeout rate was nearly 10 points worse than the 15.2 percent mark he managed over his first three seasons, but he more than made up for it with a big jump in power. His .289 ISO smashed his .181 mark through his first three campaigns, leading to 12 homers in just 54 games and an overall .255/.388/.544 slash line.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Avoids arbitration with Cincy
Lorenzen signed a one-year, $4.438 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The 28-year-old is in his final year of arbitration eligibility and was able to reach a deal with the Reds ahead of Friday's deadline. Lorenzen entered the big leagues as a starter in 2015 but has worked as a reliever and occasional position player/pinch hitter over the past five seasons, but he's expected to be a member of the starting rotation in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Jose Serrano: Inks deal with Reds
Serrano signed with the Reds on Friday, Baseball America reports.
A Venezuelan infielder who is likely to end up at third base or second base, Serrano is currently hit over power but has a knack for barreling balls. His tools aren't flashy, but he has performed well in games.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Malvin Valdez: Inks deal with Reds
Valdez signed with the Reds on Friday, Baseball America reports.
His bonus is expected be seven figures. Valdez is extremely toolsy, with 70-grade speed and plus raw power. However, his hit tool is a big question mark and it's possible he could fill out and slow down in the coming years. If he hits and maintains his athleticism, he could be a big-time fantasy producer.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Carlos Jorge: Signs with Reds
Jorge signed with the Reds for $495,000 on Friday, Baseball America reports.
A lefty-hitting second baseman from the Dominican Republic, Jorge is on the shorter side, but he packs a punch at the plate. He is also at least a plus runner and his hit tool is trending up.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Brayan Rijo: Lands with Reds
Rijo agreed to a $750,000 contract with the Reds on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
While he didn't get a seven-figure bonus, Rijo is pretty interesting from a fantasy standpoint. The quick-twitch center fielder has a chance to eventually go 20/20. His hit tool is to be determined, but he has good bat speed.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Ariel Almonte: Gets seven figures from Reds
Almonte agreed to a $1.9 million deal with the Reds on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
A 6-foot-1, 170-pound outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Almonte has huge left-handed power to all fields. He also has a plus arm, so he fits pretty well in right field. Almonte is a good contact hitter for his size, but there will probably always be some swing-and-miss in his game.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Noe Ramirez: Reaches deal with Cincy
Ramirez signed a one-year, $1.175 million deal with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 31-year-old was acquired from the Angels in the Raisel Iglesias trade in December, and he's now officially under contract for 2021. Ramirez had a 3.00 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 14:9 K:BB over 21 innings during the 2020 campaign and could be in the mix at closer with Cincinnati looking for Iglesias' replacement.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Rocky Gale: Joining Reds camp
Gale signed a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Gale spent last year with the Dodgers but never made it past the team's taxi squad. Organizational depth seems to be the most fitting role for the 32-year-old backstop, as he's appeared in just 22 career MLB games, hitting .108/.108/.189.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Art Warren: Dealt to Cincinnati
Warren was traded from the Rangers to the Reds on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.
Warren was designated for assignment by Texas in late December, but he'll land with the Reds ahead of the 2021 season. The right-hander made his major-league debut in 2019, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two walks across six relief appearances. He spent the 2020 season at the Rangers' alternate training site, but he could serve as a low-leverage reliever for the Reds next year.... See More ... See Less
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