The Reds outrighted four players to Triple-A on Wednesday, the team announced. Jesse Biddle, Matt Bowman, Matt Davidson, and Travis Jankowski all cleared waivers. Bowman had been on the 45-day IL, but not on the 40-man, so the Reds 40-man roster now has three open spots.
Bowman is a 29-year-old right-hander originally claimed off waivers from the Cardinals after the 2018 season. He made 27 appearances out of the bullpen for the Reds in 2019, pitching to a 3.66 ERA/3.68 FIP across 32 innings with 7.0 K/9 to 3.7 BB/9. The Maryland native unfortunately underwent Tommy John surgery on September 1st, making the 2022 season the earliest he is likely to return to action.
Biddle was the 27th overall pick of the 2010 draft by the Phillies, though he never appeared with Philadelphia in the big leagues. He has seen big-league action for the Braves, Mariners, Rangers, and Reds, making one outing with Cincinnati in 2020 before being sidelined with shoulder discomfort. The 28-year-old owns a 4.68 career ERA in 92 1/3 innings across 91 appearances.
Jankowski came to the Reds from the Padres for international slot money after the 2019 season. The southpaw-swinging outfielder went just 1-for-15 at the plate, appearing 7 times as a pinch-runner, and contributing 49 1/3 innings of outfield defense for the 2020 Reds. The 29-year-old owns a career triple slash of .238/.315/.313 in 350 career games.
The 29-year-old Davidson surprisingly appeared in 20 games for the Reds in 2020 after spending all of 2019 with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate. This marked his second return to the bigs after a somewhat prolonged absence, previously returning to the Show in 2016 with the White Sox after making his debut in 2013 with the Diamondbacks. Davidson has been attempting life as a two-way player, and he did make 3 pitching appearances for the Reds, though most of his usage came as a DH or pinch-hitter. He slashed .163/.234/.395 across 47 plate appearances with 3 home runs. On the mound, he gave up 2 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Jankowski has already completed his transformation into Terrance Gore and will continue to be a nice pinch runner and substitute fielder until the glove and legs both fall off.
Davidson started out with a hot start at the plate before falling to Derek Dietrich’s dark magic. His departure takes away a player who can also pitch. Thankfully, the team has other position players to fill in the bullpens blow-out role.
Bowman had Tommy John surgery. Enough said.
Biddle is every journeyman pitcher joke. It’s not that funny a joke, but it will continue to be used until either it does become funny or gets removed and replaced.
You just about hit the nail on the head. I think Bowman could be worth a shot on a 2 year minor league deal, but all-in-all, accurate assessment.
Thank you. I had time to kill, though the only player whoms stats I looked up were Jankowski’s. If you make it on to a teams postseason roster and went 1-for-15 during the regular season, then your either a prospect or Travis Jankowski.
My ramblings aside, I agree that Bowman probably finds work in the minor leagues. I have zero idea how he ends up throwing after the cast comes off, so only thing to do is wait for his showcase and the public reports that come with it.
Biddle was once the #1 draft pick of the Phillies. No wonder we can’t get over that .500 benchmark.
Four’s a helluva prospect, he’ll get another shot soon
Four? Since it wasn’t mentioned in the article, why did you say that?
But Four’s out of minor league options. Surprised they risked him to waivers.
Four has displayed 5 tool stats in every minor level he has played at. The Giants will pick him up
Are you talking about Four Skin? Or am I thinking of a different Four?
Is he a 2nd baseman?
He is a 5 tool player. Who cares about his position. 5 tool players can play any position.
He plays any position. Especially the missionary.
It seems pretty rare to have an obp north of your slg %
Anybody has a number south of your weight is probably Athletic.
Reds need to re-sin Bauer. However, big money teams are drooling over the possibility of having him as their #1 or #2. Don’t know if the Reds can compete with them.
Would be nice if we could develop a home grown starting pitcher. Who was the last one that ever made a difference? Been a while.
Robert Stephenson and Homer Bailey.
You didn’t say “positive” difference …
Otherwise, Mike Leake. Although there wasn’t much development with him.
Steven Wright is another big difference maker who comes with a off-field performance bonus that gets added on, free of charge and choice.
They’re not bringing back Bauer. They will go with what they have and do nothing this offseason. The pitching will be adequate but the bats will keep swinging out of their shoes as Bell keeps posting head scratching lineups, and they’ll sleepwalk their way to another 75 win season. I’ve canceled cable, don’t really care anymore.
Another reds fan here. They’ll go after Bauer. He won’t come back but they’ll pursue him and also be willing to spend big. Reds should offer him a 1 year 45 million dollar deal. If he’s willing to take a 1 year- it’ll be in that range.
I do agree with your assessment of the team. Nothing will change unless they change the leadership and culture. They have the opportunity too w DW gone. Fire Bell and hire all new leadership. And if they don’t and stay in house again- it’ll be more of the same
The problem is that while they have new people they all tend to be the same. They should have kept krivsky
Exa. Greene/ Lodolo