The Reds announced Friday that they’ve selected the contract of utilityman Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Louisville and opened a spot on the 40-man roster by transferring right-hander Tony Santillan from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Santillan has yet to pitch in the Majors this season due to a back injury that dates back to the 2022 campaign. He’d gone out on a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month, but the Reds halted that when he began experiencing discomfort in his knee.
Reynolds, 32, played in 93 games with the 2022 Reds and posted a .246/.320/.332 batting line while appearing at every position on the diamond other than catcher (pitcher included). The former Mets farmhand is out to a nice start in Louisville this season, slashing .263/.364/.544 with three homers and seven doubles through his first 66 trips to the plate.
The Reds placed Wil Myers on the injured list yesterday and didn’t announce a corresponding 26-man roster move, so Reynolds is effectively coming up to take his spot on the roster for the time being. He’ll give the club a versatile bench option for now, with catcher Tyler Stephenson likely slotting in as the primary option at first base. Cincinnati currently has three catchers on its roster with Stephenson, Curt Casali and Luke Maile, and Stephenson has already appeared in five games at first base on the young season.
Well that was probably the most unserious option from AAA they could have gone with
With Encarnacion-Strand and McClain doing well at AAA, the Reds might need to make some moves in the fairly near future in order to bring them up. The former at 1B/DH and the latter at SS.
Both are ready for a call up and both are needed on the big club. Does anyone know what the “magic date” is to not loose a year of service time? If we were under this nonsense in the sixties we wouldn’t have seen Johnny Bench until he was 25 yrs. old.He was NL MVP at 21 yrs old.
True. Barreo hasn’t made a move as far as his hitting.. De La Cruz is too tall for SS. I think he is around 6′ 5″. As he adds weight with age, he will grow out of SS. .McClain may the likely choice. Barreo would be ok if he hits more. De La Cruz probably moves to either 3B (if Steer doesn’t pan out) or corner OF. You are right it is a games/date deal until they can be brought up without burning this season on their time clock before free agency.
The Reds should keep pace with the Pirates and give their own Reynolds a 100 million dollar extension.