The Cincinnati Reds just claimed utility player Jake Elmore from the Oakland Athletics and have designated RHP Nick Christiani for assignment.
Nick Christiani had a 5.54 ERA in 13.0 innings with the Reds this season and posted a 7.71 ERA in 18.2 innings with Louisville in 2014, though he’s really only struggled in the four outings leading up to his being sent to the disabled list, where he had an ERA of 15.88 in 5.2 innings. He hasn’t pitched since July 6th.
Jake Elmore has spent small parts of two seasons in the big leagues, totaling 82 games and 209 plate appearances with a .223/.290/.298 line to go with 18 walks and 26 strikeouts. In Triple-A Sacramento this season he has hit .282/.374/.365 with 15 doubles, no triples or homers, 27 walks and 26 strikeouts in 211 plate appearances.
Elmore is a 27-year-old, former 34th round draft pick of the Diamondbacks. He 5′ 9″ and 185 lbs, doesn’t hit for any power, but has seemed to carry a solid average through the minor leagues and walks more than he strikes out for his career. Defensively, he has played pretty much everywhere on the field, including pitching and catcher. The majority of his time has been spent at second base, with shortstop being the second most played position and then small amounts of playing time in the outfield and third base, with one game played at catcher.
The Reds will send Elmore to Triple-A Louisville to play with the Bats.