From the Reds:
Cincinnati optioned right-hander Homer Bailey, winless in the Major Leagues this season, to Triple-A Louisville, designated catcher David Ross for assignment and called up catcher Ryan Hanigan from Louisville.
“A lot of changes,” manager Dusty Baker said before Sunday’s game with the Astros.
The move seemed to signal that Baker planned to take a closer look at players who can help the Reds succeed beyond this season.
The decision to designate Ross put more of the catching load on 36-year-old Paul Bako, though Baker decided to use the 27-year-old Hanigan right away. Hanigan caught Harang on Sunday, and his youth might suggest he’s the heir-apparent for the starting catcher’s job.
I have no problem with sending Bailey down (though I’d have used him in the bullpen and would have gotten rid of Fogg (traded him to ANYONE that would give us cents on the dollar or released him), but the DFA of David Ross makes absolutely no sense.
By all reports, there were teams interested in him not long ago and he’s still owed $3.5M for next year.
Why DFA him and keep Bako (who is older and a FA after the season)?
I also don’t like the idea of Hanigan being the supposed “heir apparent” when he’s never even been considered much of a prospect. Allow him to compete in ST? Absolutely, but don’t go into camp counting on him.
Yet, Dusty’s guy, Corey Patterson, has more lives than a cat and is still here.