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Reds' Cristian Santana: Gets camp invite from Reds
Santana signed with the Reds as a non-roster invitee Friday.
Santana has yet to reach the majors. His .311/.331/.444 slash line in 91 games for Triple-Oklahoma City last season looks strong on the surface but was good for just a 90 wRC+ considering the high-scoring environment he played in. Given that he's been strictly a corner infielder since 2018, that leaves him as a fringe prospect at best.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Daniel Duarte: Added to 40-man roster
Duarte had his contract selected by the Reds on Friday.
Duarte will join the 40-man roster in order to shield him from being selected during the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He had a 4.56 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 32:12 K:BB over 23.2 frames in the minors last season, and he could open 2022 at the Triple-A level.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Alexis Diaz: Joins 40-man roster
Diaz had his contract selected by the Reds on Friday.
Diaz has been added to Cincinnati's 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 25-year-old was at Double-A Chattanooga last season and posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 70:20 K:BB across 42.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Reds' James Marinan: Added to 40-man roster
Marinan had his contract selected by the Reds on Friday.
Marinan will join Cincinnati's 40-man roster in order to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 23-year-old spent most of 2021 at Low-A Daytona, where he posted a 5.30 ERA over 52.2 innings, though he also made two starts for High-A Dayton.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Allan Cerda: Jumps to 40-man roster
Cerda had his contract selected by the Reds on Friday.
Cerda will join the 40-man roster since Cincinnati wants to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The young outfielder split 2021 between Low-A and High-A, and he's likely a couple years away from potentially making his way to the majors.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Hunter Greene: Joins 40-man roster
Greene had his contract selected by the Reds on Friday.
Greene is expected to compete for a spot in the major-league rotation in spring training, and his addition to the 40-man roster protects him from being selected during the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 22-year-old righty, who is Cincinnati's top prospect, opened the 2021 season at Double-A Chattanooga and posted a 1.98 ERA in 41 innings (seven starts), and he had a 4.13 ERA over 65.1 innings after being promoted to Triple-A Louisville. Even if he misses out on the Opening Day roster, Greene has a strong chance of making his big-league debut in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Connor Overton: Lands minor-league deal
Overton (shoulder) signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Overton made his major-league debut in 2021 and logged a 4.70 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 15.1 innings across nine appearances (three starts) with the Pirates and Blue Jays. It's unlikely that his late-season shoulder injury will limit him to begin the 2022 campaign, and he'll serve as a non-roster invitee during spring training.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Daniel Vellojin: Successful stateside debut
Vellojin held his own in his first full season stateside in the Reds' farm system, hitting .247/.401/.403 at Low-A Daytona despite playing through a broken hamate bone towards the end of the season, Rob Terranova of MiLB.com reports.
Vellojin has drawn praise for his throwing arm and his batting eye seems well-developed. We'll see how well that translates as he moves up the organizational ladder.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Nick Lodolo: In mix for rotation
Lodolo will compete for a spot in the Reds' 2022 rotation, according to general manager Nick Krall, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Krall said that Lodolo, along with Hunter Greene and Reiver Sanmartin, will compete for one of the two vacant spots. Greene and Lodolo are two of the Reds' best prospects, so they could become trendy fantasy fliers if they pitch well in spring training. The 23-year-old lefty logged a 1.84 ERA in 10 starts at Double-A and an inflated 5.40 ERA in three starts at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Hunter Greene: To compete for rotation spot
Greene will compete for a spot in the Reds' 2022 rotation, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The Reds' top pitching prospect did what he could in 2021 to prove his readiness for the majors, logging a 1.98 ERA in seven starts at Double-A and a 4.13 ERA as a 22-year-old at Triple-A. Throwing enough strikes will be the key for Greene to break through with the big-league club early next season. There are at least two rotation spots currently up for grabs, and Greene will be competing primarily with Nick Lodolo and Reiver Sanmartin.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Justin Wilson: Opts in for 2022
Wilson has exercised his player option and will remain with the Reds for next season.
Wilson will be owed $2.3 million next year. The lefty struggled to a 7.50 ERA in 18 innings for the Yankees to start the year but posted a 2.81 ERA in 16 frames after midseason trade to the Reds.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Alex Blandino: Cast off 40-man roster
Blandino was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Blandino was sent to the minors in mid-August after he was reinstated from the 60-day injured list, and he'll now lose his spot on the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old appeared in 43 major-league games in 2021 and hit .200 with nine runs and five RBI.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Nick Castellanos: Opts out, bound for free agency
Castellanos declined his $16 million player option Thursday, voiding the remaining two years left on his contract to become a free agent, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
In a move that was fully anticipated, Castellanos will pursue a more lucrative deal this winter on the open market, where he's expected to be one of the most sought-after hitters coming off a 2021 campaign in which he was named an All-Star starter while finishing with career-best marks in batting average (.309), on-base average (.362) and home runs (34). Before Castellanos officially becomes a free agent, the Reds are expected to extend him a one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer, which he'll almost certainly decline.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tyler Stephenson: New No. 1 catcher in Cincy
Stephenson currently resides atop the Reds' depth chart at catcher after Cincinnati dealt Tucker Barnhart to the Tigers on Wednesday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Though he lacks the defensive polish of Barnhart, a two-time Gold Glove winner, Stephenson should represent a significant upgrade offensively from the Reds' long-standing No. 1 backstop. Even while slotting second on the depth chart for most of last season, Stephenson still earned himself regular starts at Barnhart's expense against left-handed pitching, typically slotting into the heart of the lineup on those occasions. Overall, Stephenson slashed .286/.366/.431 with 10 home runs, 56 runs and 45 RBI, with his 111 wRC+ ranking fourth among the 15 catcher-eligible players that accrued at least 400 plate appearances. The Reds will presumably add another defensive-minded veteran catcher to the roster this offseason, but in the likely event he faces lesser competition than Barnhart and receives an uptick in playing time in 2022, the 25-year-old Stephenson could have a legitimate case for being viewed as a top-five fantasy option at the position.... See More ... See Less