Alejandro Chacin was a 6-year minor league free agent following the 2016 season, but re-signed with the Cincinnati Reds before testing the free agent market. His agent, with a hat tip to Kourage Kundahl, was quoted as saying that the minor league deal that he signed was one that included an invitation to big league spring training.

This, of course, does nothing when it comes to adding him to the 40-man roster this week to protect him from the upcoming Rule-5 draft. The team could still lose him to another franchise if he isn’t added to the 40-man roster by Friday afternoon.

The 23-year-old right hander is coming off of a season in which he had a 1.78 ERA for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He picked up five wins with two losses while racking up a league and organizational best 30 saves. In his 60.2 innings pitched he had 26 walks, though three were intentional, and he struck out 75 of the 258 batters that he faced (29%).

As I wrote last week, I think that the Reds will leave Alejandro Chacin unprotected this winter because they are facing too many other options his offseason in terms of who needs protecting. In other years I believe he would be protected, but the number crunch just works against him this year and there’s a chance that some other organization could select him to take a look-see in spring training to see if they believe that he could stick to their 25-man roster and help out the big league bullpen.

Cincinnati Reds Minor League Talk update

With the Reds having to make their decisions on the 40-man roster, the weekly podcast/video has been put on hold until after the team announces their selections. I’d like to be able to talk about who they chose to protect, but also the guys that they didn’t. Scheduling one during the week of the protections is tough because recording one, then having the team announce all of their moves would require another recording immediately, so the plan is to just hold off on that until the team makes their announcements.

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