The Cincinnati Reds continue their week of roster churning today, trading outfielder and first baseman Brian O’Grady to the Tampa Bay Rays. Yesterday he was designated for assignment, along with Jimmy Herget, to make room for two new acquisitions to the organization. The Reds picked up outfielder Nick Martini and reliever Justin Shafer in two separate deals on Tuesday.
The details on the trade today with Tampa Bay is that the Reds are sending Brian O’Grady to join the Rays. In return the Reds will be getting back an unspecified amount of cash and a player to be named later.
Cincinnati’s President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams has said that the goal for 2020 is to make the playoffs. They’ve said they are going to up payroll. They’ve been linked to several free agents, including multiple top 10 free agents on the market.
The early returns on the talk of big moves, spending money – that hasn’t come to fruition just yet. But the Reds have certainly been busy. Before trading O’Grady, a power hitting, versatile utility player, Cincinnati had already been busy since the start of the offseason.The O’Grady move began yesterday, as noted above, and was a part of four transactions they made on the day.
Things began on Halloween when the team picked up outfielder Travis Jankowski from the San Diego Padres in a trade for international cap space. The rumor mill remained how for a few weeks after that as free agency opened, but the acquisition front was quiet. Cincinnati did outright Christian Colon, Derek Dietrich, Keury Mella, and Jackson Stephens off of the roster on November 4th – making them all free agents.
A week ago saw the Reds, and all other teams in baseball hit the deadline for protecting players on their roster from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Cincinnati added pitchers Tejay Antone, Ryan Hendrix, and Tony Santillan to the roster, as well as catcher Tyler Stephenson. Those moves were ones that were mostly expected. The move that was made a few hours later was one that no one saw coming. Cincinnati picked up right-handed pitcher and former top prospect Jose De Leon from Tampa Bay, who needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.
Since the season ended the Reds have made a total of 14 transactions that have altered their 40-man roster. You can see the list below
|Jose De Leon||Brian O’Grady|
|Justin Shafer||Christian Colon|
|Nick Martini||Derek Dietrich|
|Ryan Hendrix||Jackson Stephen|
|Tejay Antone||Jimmy Herget|
|Tony Santillan||Keury Mella|
The Winter Meetings haven’t even taken place yet. The Reds have not made one free agent addition. There’s going to be plenty of roster moves taking place. And we will probably start seeing them next week as the non-tender date is December 2nd. It’s possible, but unlikely that Cincinnati won’t non-tender anyone. There are several candidates that feel like they are on the bubble.