The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed outfielder Nick Martini from waivers. The Cincinnati Reds placed Martini on waivers to create a spot on the 40-man roster when the team officially signed outfielder Shogo Akiyama. The Reds originally picked up Martini on waivers themselves back in November. The San Diego Padres put the 29-year-old outfielder on waivers to clear a spot themselves and Cincinnati took a chance that after hitting .328/.432/.482 in Triple-A for Las Vegas that he could bring the organization some value from the left side of the plate.
With an already very crowded outfield, and with Nick Martini going to be 30-years-old next season and only having 87 games in the Major Leagues in his career, it’s unlikely that this will be a move that the Reds look back on and wish they hadn’t made. With Akiyama, Aristides Aquino, Nick Senzel, and Jesse Winker looking like the group of starters the outfield seems set.
The group of potential 4th/5th/6th outfielders is also quite loaded with depth. Phillip Ervin, Travis Jankowski, Mark Payton, Scott Schebler, and infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter will all also be competing for a spot on the 26-man roster in February and March out in Goodyear.
With all of those outfielders to choose from, the Reds will still have plenty of options for lefties to match up with if that’s the route they choose to take. Both Winker and Akiyama are lefties from the “starter” group. From the backup group there’s still Travis Jankowski, Mark Payton, Scott Schebler, and Josh VanMeter. The right side is a bit more limited. Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino are joined by Phillip Ervin and Jose Siri as the only right-handed hitting outfielders on the 40-man roster. And while a 4/6 split doesn’t seem bad – there’s not much of a chance that Siri is competing for a spot on the team to begin the year. He has seen limited action in Triple-A in his career, and when he did get there, he struggled.