It was Opening Day in Cincinnati, but the Reds front office was awfully busy making things happen when it came to the minor leagues. The club re-signed Mike Ford in the early afternoon. About an hour later they claimed right-handed pitcher Yosver Zulueta on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mike Ford had been with the Reds this spring, but after being informed that he was not going to make the Opening Day roster, he used the opt-out in his contract and elected free agency. Despite posting a 122 OPS+ last season with Seattle in 83 games, and hitting .455/.486/.727 this spring with the Reds where he struck out just three times in 35 plate appearances, he was unable to find anyone willing to give him a big league opportunity. With that off of the table, he decided to come back and sign with the Reds on a minor league deal.

Yosver Zulueta was the victim of the Blue Jays needing a 40-man roster spot. The team placed him on waivers to clear a spot and he didn’t make it past the Reds on the waiver wire. With the successful claim, the Reds moved Matt McLain to the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, then they optioned Zulueta to Triple-A Louisville.

There are some things to like with Yosver Zulueta. He throws pretty hard. Last year he averaged 96 MPH with his 4-seamer and his sinker. He gets a high rate of ground balls, too. And he does have some experience as a starter, but is more of a reliever at this point in his career. Still, you could probably ask him to make some starts (in the minor leagues) if you needed someone to step in and fill that kind of role.

With all of those things to like, though, there’s one issue that’s concerning. In his 119.2 minor league innings he’s walked 77 batters and hit 21 more. That’s 98 free passes. Control has been a problem for him, and it’s gotten worse the higher up the minor league ladder he’s gone. In limited spring training action this year he had four walks with just two strikeouts out of the 25 batters he faced (5.0 innings, six earned runs). You can see his career stats here.

With both of those moves, it’s possible that neither player will be in Louisville tomorrow in time to make their opening night roster. But both players should be there soon, which could change what the announced opening night 28-man roster looks like today.

About The Author

Doug Gray is the owner and operator of this website and has been running it since 2006 in one variation or another. You can follow him on twitter @dougdirt24, or follow the site on Facebook. and Youtube.

Related Posts

3 Responses

  1. MBS

    I am pretty happy that we got Ford back, I can see him doing some good things in GABP when he gets an opportunity. It also better explains why Free didn’t make the AAA roster.

  2. camisadelgolf

    So … what was the trade? Or did you mean “on waivers”?

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t want to talk about it…..

      Thanks for the heads up. Fixed the headline.