The Cincinnati Reds announced this afternoon that they have outrighted right-handed reliever R.J. Alaniz to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds picked up R.J. Alaniz on waivers on May 31st of the 2019 season from Seattle. He had pitched for the Mariners during April, appearing in four games – though things did not go well as he allowed 10 earned runs in 4.0 innings before heading back to Triple-A Tacoma.

Once the right-handed reliever joined the Reds organization, Cincinnati sent him to Triple-A Louisvlle. He spent the next two-and-a-half months pitching out of the Bats bullpen. Mostly throwing late in games, he found success in the International League. In his 25 games he threw 27.2 innings, allowed just one home run, walked 11 batters, and he struck out 31 while posting an ERA of 2.93.

The Reds recalled the 28-year-old righty in the middle of August. His first week back in the Major Leagues was a successful one as he tossed 3.2 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three batters. But he didn’t see much time on the mound moving forward, and in his next four appearances over the next three weeks he allowed seven earned runs in just 6.0 innings. He wouldn’t pitch for nearly two weeks before making his final appearance of the year against Pittsburgh on September 28th where he tossed 2.0 shutout innings against the Pirates to close out the season on a high note. In total for Cincinnati he pitched 11.2 innings on the year in eight games. He walked four batters with seven strikeouts and posted a 5.40 ERA.

The timing of the move is interesting. Cincinnati had an open spot on the roster as it was. So the move wasn’t made to clear a spot for a single player. It’s possible they just felt the timing was right to put him on waivers and still have a chance to retain him in the organization. We’ll have to wait and see what, if anything comes of that roster spot in the next day or two, but it’s timing certainly is intriguing at the moment.

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7 Responses

  1. MK

    Glad they were able to keep him in the system. As we know a bad outing or two can really mess up a relievers stats. From a TV view it looked like he threw the ball well.

  2. A

    C Trent notes it as timing. He did it in typical condescending fashion – reminding us people have cellphones now. I agree with Trent.

    • Doug Gray

      I took that tweet as a reminder that something doesn’t have to get completed at the winter meetings because people can and do still communicate with each other if they aren’t in the same room.

    • Hunt4RedsOct

      In the past the reds have been able to use the rule 5 draft to pick someone and then trade them for a lower minor leaguer that does not need to be on the 40-man roster. Perhaps they have arranged those kind of deals I needed the two roster spots.

  3. Colorado Red

    I just wonder if they have something in mind.
    A rule 5 pickup? A FA signing, a trade?
    As you said, the timing is interesting.

    • My Beloved Reds

      The existence and use of an established minor league system is what makes baseball so much more interesting than other professional sports in the US. It lets us speculate every move.

  4. Charles Lackey

    *REDS* As a Reds fan the signing of Corey Dickerson would be a big asset and still leave enough $ to sign a top starting pitcher. Just to see the Reds put a contending team on the field would certainly fill the seats at GREAT AMERICAN..Go for it in 2020??????