The Reds announced that they have designated Jake Cave for assignment, as John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Cave, 23, was waived days ago by Cincinnati but was not claimed by another team.
Cave was plucked from the Yankees’ roster in December’s Rule 5 draft but he did not make enough of an impression on Reds brass in recent weeks to warrant a roster spot. In 56 Spring Training plate appearances, Cave slashed .224/.309/.306. Meanwhile, in 132 Double-A and Triple-A games (mostly Double-A) last year, Cave drew attention with a .278/.339/.359 line.
In a December preview of the Rule 5 draft, MLBTR’s Brad Johnson highlighted Cave’s ability to play all three outfield positions and his plate discipline. However, injuries prevented the lefty from fulfilling his potential and he now profiles as a fourth outfield type.
Ok this is confusing now. If he was put on waivers and not claimed, is he not put back on the Yankees roster? Where does this dfa come in, does it mean New York didn’t take him back for the 25k salary?
I believe this means when the Reds offered him back to the Yankees, they declined to take him back. So, since he cannot be simply optioned optioned to the minors, he would need to clear waivers in order to stay in the Reds system. I remember this happening with Darren O’Day. The Mets DFA’d him when they needed to clear a roster spot for Nelson Figueroa. The Angels declined to take him back and the Rangers claimed him off waivers.
Haha something ELSE the Angels regret!
Yeah, does this mean the Yankees have declined to buy him back, and he’s sticking in the Reds organization?
And, what it REALLY means is that part of the Aroldis Chapman deal was an assurance by the Yankees to the Reds that they could keep Cave.
Nice conspiracy theory. I like it.
No, that is not what it means. The Yankees had 72 hours to decide, but that 72 hours extended past the deadline for setting opening day rosters. This was a forced procedural move on the Reds. The Yankees still have time to reclaim him or work out a trade with the Reds so they Reds can keep him.
Jake from statefarm is a high upside prospect.