The Reds have signed left-hander Josh Osich and righty Matt Ball to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer relays.
The 32-year-old Osich divided last season between the Red Sox and Cubs, the latter of whom acquired him at the Aug. 31 trade deadline. Osich combined for 18 1/3 innings of 6.38 ERA/5.97 FIP pitching between the teams, and the 92.4 mph average he posted on his fastball fell well short of his lifetime mean of 95. On the bright side, Osich did log 11.78 K/9 against 2.45 BB/9 and record a 54.5 percent groundball rate. The Cubs designated Osich for assignment after their season ended.
Ball, 25, hasn’t reached the majors since the White Sox used an 11th-round pick on him in 2013. Also a former member of the Rangers and Angels organizations, Ball has registered a 5.24 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 over 391 2/3 minor league innings.
Now that Iglesias trade finally makes sense.
Ostrich Balls are delicious
Funny. My dad used to raise ostriches. Mean suckers.
Yeah that’s ok I’ll see what you think the next time is going to come up with a good idea and then it’s going back
The Ostrich should be the official bird of the Cincinnati Reds. Head buried in the sand, no plan whatsoever. I bet they’d take a do-over on that Jeter Downs/Josiah Gray trade.
Do you kill the ostrich first in order to taste their balls?
No Bob, you try to bite them while still attached to the bird. When the kicks you, it may knock some sense into you .
ROFL….I hear that with soy sauce, they taste like chicken…..
Now if all ostriches that live around me would please pull their heads out of the sand and not act like they live in Karenville, then life could get back to the new normal…….better yet I wish they would keep their heads in the sand…..literally. Lol
Every eyeballs each other like they are a convicted murder, sex offender, …. he MAY HAVE COVID
Ball seems like a solid depth option. nice indy numbers last year.
Forgot to mention the Indy team he played for.
Sugar Land Lightning Sloths.
they are Houston’s AAA affiliate. the Lightning Sloths were one of three temporary teams that played alongside the Skeeters in a makeshift league held entirely at Sugar Land’s Constellation Energy Field.
Why not go ahead and capitalize the second sentence?
because i dont care
This is a place where ppl casually discuss baseball deals..and rumors..and your contribution is critiquing another man’s grammar..? I’m fairly new here, but I imagine the community is extremely grateful for your presence..♂️
Use real words.
Cap & Crunch
Osh Gosh! Josh Osich.
Well, I have to say that the Reds are on the Ball with these moves.
take it from a giants fan, osich is awful!
The Cubs offered a player to be named later in their trade of this guy from the RedSox. Was that trade ever completed?
Hope Lavar’s kid makes it back to the big leagues.
Is it true that the other four Indians starting pitchers are going to be playing left, center, right and second base on the days they aren’t starting?
The Cleveland Team Fan ??
Do we know the new team name yet? Cleveland news dropping any idea? Are they running a contest?
Their manager is now talking to the agents for Frank Emu and Johnny Bat.
Osich, Hembree, Moreland, Workman, and Pillar all became free agents after their trade dead line moves…
Scrap heap brought a nice return…
Potts, Rosario, Seabold, Pivetta, Jacob Wallace, and Cubs player-to-be-named
Bloom definitely earned his salary. Outside of not trading JBJ, I am not sure what else could be done.
Joe – agreed! It will be interesting to see how Bloom fills out the rotation and bullpen now that he is not mandated at getting under the CBT.
I threw out something in the Castillo thread, but probably too late.
I’d bet that Downs for Castillo & all $52M of Moose’s salary gets Cincy’s attention. I don’t think it would be smart of them, but $52M is a lot of money for anyone that doesn’t have $52M.
Everyone can offer up a better prospect, but other teams would need to be willing to shell out the $52M, AND have a slot for Moose. We can put him at 2nd without cringing too much.
Osich as a giant was so good for like 2/3 of a season when he came up….. that is all I can say.
I always liked him, and was happy that the RS picked him up. And happy that they traded him.