The Cincinnati Reds announced four roster moves on Wednesday evening. The team placed Jesse Biddle, Matt Bowman, Matt Davidson, and Travis Jankowski on waivers and all cleared and were outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.

Matt Davidson and Jesse Biddle both ended the season on the injured list. Bowman underwent Tommy John surgery. Biddle was injured in his lone appearance this season with the Reds on August 27th in Milwaukee. He was placed on the injured list two days later with left-shoulder impingement and he didn’t return to the field before the season ended.

Both Matt Davidson and Travis Jankowski were on the 40-man player pool roster for the playoffs. It was Davidson and Jankowski that found their way onto the 28-man playoff roster for the Reds, taking place of Anthony DeSclanfani and Sal Romano from the regular season roster at the end of the season. Davidson entered game 1 as a pinch hitter in the top of the 7th, only to have his pinch hitting opportunity taken away from him by a poorly executed stolen base attempt that ended the inning. Jankowski entered the game game in the top of the 12th inning to pinch run for Jesse Winker after his single. Neither play got into game 2 of the series.

The Reds 40-man roster is now down to 37 players. That, however, still includes impending free agents Trevor Bauer, Anthony DeSclafani, and Freddy Galvis. Once the season is officially over, the roster numbers will drop a bit more as those three will get to test the free agent waters.

11 Responses

  1. RojoBenjy

    I just don’t understand these moves. Jankowski and Davidson were so key to this team’s success in the playoffs this year. Especially Davidson.

    Really has me scratching my head…

    • Mark Moore

      +500 and thanks for the chuckle

    • JB

      It’s amazing to me that Davidson keeps making it through waivers. Apparently nobody else knows how good he is. Just keep holding onto retreads that have no business being in this organization.

    • DaveCT

      When I saw Bell go back to playing them in game one, I just said a word not allowed on Dougs site. That to me was just the kiss of death.

      • RojoBenjy

        The fact they were put on the playoff roster should have been my first clue that Bell had relapsed into his habits

    • Doug Gray

      I prefer the slow days during the offseason to be the weekends – even though with what’s all going on now it doesn’t matter much since I’m not going anywhere.

  2. Chris Holbert

    To me keeping those type of players, that no other team seems to want, screams of the lack of depth in the minor leagues. IMO keeping those type of players, just clogs the system for younger players, who potentially may be able to help soon.

    • RojoBenjy

      Good point, especially now that the minors have been contracted. Let the young guys play

      • TR

        Los Bravos and the young guys are getting it done.

  3. Roger Garrett

    I agree but why do they do it’?Makes no sense at all to me to keep these type of guys around to get at bats at any level while younger players set and watch.Yes this year was a strange one but can we just move on from these filler type players.We need better players for sure but can we just try and develop players in our system.I will go away now but I am just so tired of hearing everybody in the minors is 2 or 3 years away or has to be 25 or 26 for they are given a shot.Its not like we have a bunch of players anybody wants right now at the big league level.Tyler,Garcia and India ought to be starting next year in Cincy even if they don’t hit their weight.Its not like they are replacing stars.The first two guys save you 12 mil or so vs Tucker and Galvis.Now I will go away.