The Reds announced that they’ve designated lefty Josh Osich for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for right-hander Mychal Givens, whose previously reported acquisition from the Rockies has now been formally announced by the club.
Osich, 32, signed a minor league deal with the Reds last December and has pitched 14 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season. He’s yielded nine runs (eight earned) on 15 hits and five walks with nine strikeouts in that time, resulting in a 5.02 ERA. Those numbers are in line with Osich’s career marks; he’s spent parts of seven seasons in the Majors with five big league clubs, pitching to a combined 5.02 ERA, a 20.7 percent strikeout rate and a 9.0 percent walk rate.
The Reds can try to find a trade partner for Osich between now and Friday’s deadline, but it seems likelier that they’ll place him on outright waivers. If he goes unclaimed, Osich has enough service time to reject an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville and instead test free agency.