2:32pm: The Reds announced Gibaut has indeed been claimed off waivers and Lodolo has been reinstated from the 60-day IL. In a series of corresponding moves, Cincinnati optioned infielder/outfielder Max Schrock to Triple-A Louisville, transferred righty Tony Santillan from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL and designated catcher Chris Okey for assignment.
Santillan has been out since mid-June with a back strain, and his move to the 60-day injured list means he won’t be able to return until at least mid-August. It’s been a tough season overall for the righty, who has pitched to a 5.49 ERA with below-average strikeout (21.9%) and walk (12.5%) tendencies so far.
Okey, 27, made his big league debut last month and went 2-for-12 with five strikeouts in a total of 13 plate appearances. A 2016 second-round pick by the Reds, he’s never produced much at the plate in parts of six professional seasons, as evidenced by a career .209/.283/.331 slash in the minors. The Reds will have a week to trade him, pass him through outright waivers, or release him.
Notably, it seems as though Cincinnati may not yet be done making its slate of pregame roster moves. Both Mark Sheldon of MLB.com and Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer have noted, via Twitter, that Tyler Naquin is in the Reds’ clubhouse after completing a minor league rehab assignment. It seems likely that he’ll be activated for today’s game, but the team has not announced that move (or a corresponding transaction) just yet.
1:58pm: The Reds have claimed right-hander Ian Gibaut off waivers from the Dodgers, reports Juan Toribio of MLB.com (via Twitter). Los Angeles had designated Gibaut for assignment over the weekend. Between the Gibaut claim and left-hander Nick Lodolo’s forthcoming reinstatement from the 60-day injured list, Cincinnati will need to make multiple 40-man roster moves today.
An 11th-round pick of the Rays back in 2015, the now-28-year-old Gibaut is set to join his third organization in just over a week’s time. He opened the year with the Guardians’ Triple-A affiliate and made one long relief appearance upon being selected to the big league roster before Cleveland designated him for assignment. The Dodgers scooped Gibaut up off waivers, but he didn’t pitch for L.A. before a second DFA. Gibaut is out of minor league options, so the Reds will need to carry him on the big league roster.
Gibaut has pitched in parts of four Major League seasons, compiling 34 2/3 innings with a 5.19 ERA between four teams (Rangers, Rays, Twins, Guardians). He posted better numbers with the Guardians’ Triple-A affiliate in Columbus to begin the 2022 season — 3.20 ERA in 19 2/3 innings — and has a career 4.15 ERA, 29% strikeout rate and 10.9% walk rate in 136 2/3 innings.
It’s a small sample of 2022 data so far, but Gibaut’s 95.3 mph average fastball (2019-21) has jumped up to 97.1 mph so far. He’s also shown well above-average ability to spin his curveball. Both traits, paired with a solid Triple-A track record, likely appealed to the Reds.
My guess is that Joel Kuhnel and Jared Solomon will be the cuts. Although I wouldn’t rule out them trying to trade Mike Minor for whatever anyone wants to give them for him.
Wrong on two counts I guess. Although getting rid of a catcher makes a lot of sense also. They don’t need 5 on the 40 man roster.
Pretty sure they had one open spot, so they only need one 40 man move… but possibly 2 active roster moves if Gibaut is going on the active roster.
No they needed two 40 man spots, one for Gibaut and one for Lodolo.. Okey DFA and Santillan to the 60 day IL covers it.
I figured it out, they never posted when Jeff Hoffman was reinstated from the COVID-19. That was the error. Fangraphs and others had it wrong too.
I understand. I use MLB.com almost exclusively. I rarely go to Fangraphs.
They don’t provide anywhere near the same amount of information, but yeah, I honestly don’t know if I had checked MLB… my bad.
Oh I wasn’t suggesting you switch or anything. Fangraphs is perfect for some folks. It just isn’t perfect for me. I don’t really need THAT much information.
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I know this must have been said many times but I thought their was something in the cba where a guy can’t can’t be DFA so many times. I mean I never seen so many DFAs ever since the extra roster spot was dropped. I mean my guardians been doing roster duck duck goose for two weeks, Not sure how these players mentally go here and there so many times. They can’t even get settled and boom, they gone. Needs to be a rule where if you claim someone, they need to stay on the roster for at least so many days minus an injury.,
Agree totally. This is ridiculous.
I would like a maximum too but more than anything they should have to give you at least 2 actual games before they DFA you… the amount of times they DFA a player that never even got into a game is insane. They limited the number of options for guys no the 40man (not active) and now instead they just further abuse the guys not on the 40man.
I think last year Devon marrero got DFAed around 6 times by the marlins
Can we DFA ownership? They have proven not up to the task financially or mentally.
How many teams has this guy been on in just the the last month Jesus….
this seems like an okey move to make
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Cincy’s backstop is not Okey.
why designate Okey over Kolozsvary?
It was much easier to type.
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And fewer letters to sew onto a jersey.
Does it matter?