Monday afternoon the Cincinnati Reds announced that they had purchased the contracts of reliever Cam Bedrosian and outfielder Tyler Naquin. Both players were non-roster invitees to spring training. Adding them to the 40-man roster essentially means that they have made the opening day roster.
Cam Bedrosian has posted a 3.08 ERA over the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels in 76.0 innings pitched with 28 walks and 75 strikeouts. This spring with the Reds he allowed more runs than hits – and all three of the hits he allowed went over the fence for home runs. In 8.2 innings he posted a 4.15 ERA with three walks and 16 strikeouts – fanning 50% of the hitters that he faced.
Tyler Naquin had spent the previous five seasons in the Cleveland organization. Brought over at the very beginning of spring training, the outfielder has hit well. In 16 games and 48 plate appearances the 29-year-old hit .310/.375/.667 with four doubles, a triple, and three home runs.
Left-handed reliever Cionel Pérez informed the media prior to the game today that he had made the opening day roster. The 24-year-old had been with Houston over the last three seasons, getting sporadic time in their bullpen. This spring with Cincinnati he posted a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings with six walks, no home runs allowed, and nine strikeouts. In his last appearance the lefty touched 98 MPH according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Right-handed pitcher Tejay Antone confirmed that he will be ready for opening day. Coming back from a groin and hip issue, he felt good after his most recent bullpen session and is ready to pitch out of the bullpen. As he noted last week, his goal is still to make it into the rotation down the line, but he simply isn’t built up enough right now to be a starting pitcher because of the two injuries that have kept him out of games for the last two weeks.
The team also made several other roster moves. Pitcher Brandon Bailey was officially played on the 60-day injured list to create an opening on the 40-man roster. Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this spring and will miss the entire year.
Right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree and Braden Shipley were both reassigned to minor league game. So was infielder Mike Freeman. Those moves leave the Cincinnati Reds with 32 players remaining in camp. That 32, however, includes Sonny Gray, Michael Lorenzen, and Shogo Akiyama – all of whom are expected to begin the season on the 10-day injured list. Joey Votto is also currently on the injured list and his availability for opening day is still unknown. Votto also does not count towards the 40-man roster until he’s activated from the injured list. Depending on the status of Joey Votto, the team will need to make three or four more roster decisions before April 1st.