The Cincinnati Reds placed four players on waivers. Right handed pitcher Luke Farrell didn’t clear and was claimed by the Chicago Cubs. Three other right handed pitchers did clear waivers though and were all outrighted to Louisville. Alejandro Chacin, Asher Wojciechowski and Nick Travieso were all cleared and remain with the organization for now.
For Luke Farrell, this is the fourth organization he’s been a part of in 2017. He began the year with the Royals, who drafted him back in 2013. Then he was purchased by the Dodgers from Kansas City in July. They would put him on waivers two weeks later and he was then claimed by the Reds. He made nine appearances for the Reds out of the bullpen, posting a 2.61 ERA with seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Nick Travieso missed all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury that wound up leading to surgery. He was technically on the big league roster all year and spent the season on the 60-day disabled list. For that he earned big league pay – don’t spend it all in one place, Nick. However, with the 40-man roster crunch upon the Reds it made sense to try and sneak him through waivers now, coming off of an injury when it was unlikely another team would take a chance on picking him up before showing he’s healthy.
Alejandro Chacin saw limited action in the big leagues toward the end of the year in 2017. The 24-year-old Venezuelan appeared in six games and threw 6.0 innings. He allowed 11 hits and four walks while giving up seven runs and striking out six batters. He struggled in his debut season at the big league level. While in Triple-A earlier in the year, however, he was dominant for the Bats. He posted a 2.60 ERA in 69.1 innings with 27 walks and 63 strikeouts.
Asher Wojciechowski was up and down throughout the season for the Cincinnati Reds. He began the year in Louisville before joining the Reds in late May. He stuck around for a month before heading back to Triple-A. He was there for a little more than a week before returning to the Major Leagues. For the most part, he pitched very well in the Majors once he returned. Three games really messed up his ERA, though. On August 14th he allowed seven runs in 3.2 innings to the Cubs. A little more than a week later they roughed him up for seven more in the same number of innings. In his final appearance, also against the Cubs, he allowed four runs in 1.1 innings. His ERA from July through the end of the year versus the Cubs was 17.60 in 8.2 innings. His ERA against everyone else in that span was 3.34. In total with the Reds his ERA was 6.50 in 62.1 innings with 19 walks, 14 home runs allowed and 64 strikeouts.
The Reds 40-man roster is now sitting at 41 players, including those still on the 60-day disabled list. That includes free agents to be Drew Storen, Scott Feldman and Bronson Arroyo. Once the season is officially complete that puts the Reds at 38 players. They will still need to likely make room to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, but those won’t need to be made until the 4th week of November.