Over at the Enquirer, Zach Buchanan has the list of all the non-roster players who have been invited to the Cincinnati Reds 2018 spring training camp:

The only players guaranteed spots in big-league spring training are those on the 40-man roster. …

The rest is filled with prospects not yet on the 40-man or players signed to minor-league deals. With the Cincinnati Reds using six spots of the 40-man roster to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, there’s not a lot of intrigue among the non-roster invitees for 2018 spring training.

Check out the entire list of 17 non-roster invitees here. The most interesting name, of course, is Nick Senzel. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that Senzel should be on the 40-man roster very, very soon (because he will have been added to the Reds’ active roster).

Lefty reliever Kyle Crockett was also issued an invitation. Crockett, you will recall, was selected off waivers from Cleveland last month. He was then designated for assignment, and the Reds signed him to a minor league deal with an invite to camp. Steve Mancuso went through some of the reasons why Crockett could be a nice addition to the Reds bullpen. The most important, however, is this: Crockett played his college baseball at the finest institution of higher learning in all the land.

Other familiar names on the list of invitees include Patrick Kivlehan, Barrett Astin, and outfielder Sebastian Elizalde (whose name is almost as fun to say as Lisalverto Bonilla who, incidentally, signed a minor league deal with Cleveland this week, with an invite to their spring camp).

22 Responses

  1. Bill

    We don’t know if there has been any talk but I would like to see a deal with the Yankees or the SNacks for either Estrada or Marte. That should take care of the shortstop question.

  2. Scott Carter

    I agree that the Reds probably have money to spend, but not on a guy who is going to want a multi year deal of 35 mill. a year and will age out before the contract is over. That is talking about another BP signing. But of all the signings you cited Jesse, BP is the only one that was a bad business move. No one could have predicted the injuries to Bailey and Mez. Those are rolls of the dice that you take with any signing. Votto has been a great signing, you have to lock up one of the best players in baseball when you get the chance, so unless you can get Trout to come in here for less money, that is a good deal. And there have been good signings like Chapman and Iglesias. And good trades like Straily for Castillo. And yes there have been bad trades and signings as well, the unfortunate thing for us as fans is that as a small market team those bad ones really stand out, because you can’t hide them.

  3. Bill Lack

    Chad, I thought Crockett went to Virginia?

  4. Steven Ross

    A bunch of nobody’s. Come one, make a splash.

  5. cupofcoffee1955

    I am disappointed with the lack of moves this winter thus far. All I hear is crickets. Is DW the GM or is WJ really pulling the strings? I’m sure with all these moves this winter, Bob C. can’t keep up the demand for Reds’ season tickets.

    • Mike V

      The “Baseball City ” comment is the laughable one for me. Don’t compare Cincinnati to St Louis . St. Louis is indeed a “Baseball City” . Compare attendance to Milwaukee, with almost the same population and demographics as the Queen City . The Brewers consistently outdraw the Reds year after year no matter how good or bad the team performs on the field. Milwaukee attendance is what the Reds should target. Cincinnati is not really a “Baseball City “, It is just the town with the oldest Professional Baseball Tradition. I’m just glad my favorite team is still in the Queen City period !

      • IndyRedMan

        In 1976 the Reds drew 2.6 mil (32,400 per game) while the Cards drew 1.2 mil (14,900 per game). What happened to Baseball City? The great tradition of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, etc??? Its funny how habitual winning draws people to your game while habitual losing drives them to do something else.

      • IndyRedMan

        1979 Reds 2.3 (29.4k per game) Baseball City 1.6 mil (19.8k per game)

        Also slightly outdrew them in 1981 and they won the WS in 82.

      • IndyRedMan

        Milw has a roof so you know the game will be played in April/May showers for one. I went to a few miserable April games in Cincy in my day. I think that was a smart move for Milw! The Reds were 16th in 2012 at 28.9K per game. Better then Toronto, Seattle, Mets, and Cleveland that year. That’s about as good as they’re going to down in a small market. Half of Kentucky can’t afford a car and its too far to walk unless you live in Newport:)

  6. Scotly50

    The Reds are a four-time defending 86+ loss team. They are last in their division. This is not a two player fix team. I see a major turnover before they compete with the Cards or Cubs.

    • Michael E

      I agree with that and given the Reds have a bunch of young (but getting older) players, you have to have some optimism one or two will surprise this coming year. If you add one or two key off-season pieces, via trade or free agency, the Reds can EASILY be a wild card contender will into late September. That said, I don’t necessarily have a problem with them standing still this year. Meso comes off the books next year, more young players will be starting in 2019 and playing well (and cheaply) and they should, SHOULD be able to sign a very significant free agent (or two) to fill key holes in offense or pitching. Signing someone now would dent the payroll before they’re ready to go all in.

      There is no right answer, but a move to upgrade this off season would be a nice shot in the arm for fans and attitudes that are slowly dissipating into apathy.

    • Michael E

      We must, MUST have some vision of the rotation for 2019 after this coming season and it must be a very promising vision. As Steve noted weeks ago, 2017 feels like a lost year on that front, due to injuries and too many starts going to crappy pitches like Adleman and Feldman. There weren’t many healthy arms at points, so I see why they both got a few starts, but no reason both should have topped 20 starts each. Price blew that in a big way.

  7. TR

    Metro St. Louis has a population of 600,000 plus than metro Cincinnati, and it also has a history of being a two team ML town when the St. Louis Browns, now the Baltimore Orioles, were there from 1902 to 1953. The Cardinals usually draw 3 million plus fans a year. The Reds best attendance record is 2,630,000 in 1976. The Reds attendance will get back above 2 million plus when the next contending team arrives which we are told is on the way. But, in 136 seasons from 1882 to the present, the Reds have exceeded the NL attendance average 53 seasons (39%). That’s not bad considering metro Cincinnati is the second smallest population in the NL. Based on population, history, passion for the game, and 6th. in ML baseball with 5 WS wins and 9 appearances, Cincinnati, in my opinion, still ranks as a great baseball town.

    • Michael Smith

      Good points. My question is should Dayton be factored into what we are talking about for metro area? That is another 800,000 people.

      • TR

        I believe Dayton (Montgomery County) is included in the Cincinnati metro area as well as 2 or 3 counties in No. Ky. and a couple counties in southeastern Indiana.

      • Michael E

        Not part of the metro area, that is just a collection of surrounding counties. It MAY be coonsidered as part of Cincy’s market by MLB baseball, but not part of Cincy’s metropolitan area.

        Atlanta metro area sprawls as much as any city in the country, but even it doens’t include Athens, Chattanooga, Macon or Columbus.

      • TR

        You are correct. Greater Dayton is it’s own CSA (combined statistical area) as of the 2010 census. Most of the population increase is in the northern part of the Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington CSA so eventually the census might combine Greater Cincinnati and Great Dayton in one CSA. For ML baseball the two population centers are considered as one in all likelihood.

  8. Michael E

    We got made fun of on MLB…they said the Baltimore Orioles management and ownership was failing to do anything to improve, the Reds of the AL. Yikes.

  9. Michael E

    Jesse, I get your desire to make a big move, but I’d rather see a stud SP be signed before Machado. Our offense will be top 4 in NL if they ever get rid of Hamilton and find at least an average offensive CF.

    Our pitching right now looks like maybe one SP1 candidate in Castillo (and that ain’t no given) and a bunch of already injury riddled young arms that may all drop back a peg from their potential to SP3/4/5’s.

    I’d love to see a somewhat proven SP1 to pair with Castillo and make minor upgrades to the offense. We already have several good hitters and cutting the worst low-OBP offenders will fix whatever may still ale the offense.

  10. Michael E

    You really think Castellini would shell out the $200 million it will take to keep Machado? I wouldn’t give it even 0.0001% chance and wouldn’t bet a penny on it. Maybe when Bailey is off the books AND no one else is signed for more than $10 million except Votto. Until then forget any REAL all-star level players being signed long term.

  11. dumbfounded

    The Reds need a new front office. A team on the field is only as good as the organization at the top. Look at the prospects the Reds received in trades. (as an example (Chapman) I expect they’ll draft a position player in this year’s draft. Pitching
    ranks near the bottom in the Major Leagues. I live and die as a fan of the Reds but realistically I don’t expect them to be playoff bound for many years.