The Cincinnati Reds have re-signed relief pitchers Jesse Biddle and R.J. Alaniz to minor league deals for the 2021 season. Both players have also been invited to spring training with the big league club.
Jesse Biddle pitched in one game for the Reds in the 2020 season. The left-handed reliever had spent most of the year at Prasco Park as a part of Cincinnati’s alternate site squad on the 60-man player pool roster. But he got called up in late August and pitched in Milwaukee on the 27th. He allowed a hit and a walk while picking up a strikeout in 0.2 innings in the first game of a double header. Biddle went on the 10-day injured list two days later with a shoulder injury and missed the remainder of the season. Following the season he was outrighted to Triple-A and then elected free agency. Now he’s back in the fold on a minor league deal.
R.J. Alaniz was also at Prasco Park this past year as a part of the Reds 60-man player pool. In mid-September Cincinnati called him up to the Major Leagues, but he never pitched in a game before being optioned back to the alternate site in Mason. Earlier this month the organization non-tendered the right-handed reliever, making him a free agent. He’s been pitching in the Mexican Winter League this offseason for Hermosillo and he’s been having plenty of success. In his 12 appearances he’s yet to allow a run, allowing just five hits and walking five batters in 11.2 innings while striking out 16 of the 45 hitters that he’s faced.
The 2021 Findlay Market Parade is postponed
It was announced earlier on Friday that the Findlay Market Parade has been postponed. The committee that puts the event on has decided that until the Cincinnati Reds can welcome in a full crowd of fans that they don’t plan to have the parade, either.