The Cincinnati Reds announced that they have traded outfielder Mark Payton to the New York Mets for cash. That’s a strange way of saying that they sold his rights and contract, but hey – I don’t make the rules.
Mark Payton was designated for assignment on Monday. Rather than taking the chance that he would be picked up by another team on the waiver wire the New York Mets decided he would be worth acquiring via trade.
Payton has had limited exposure in the big leagues. Over the last two seasons he’s had just 44 plate appearances and mostly they’ve come as a pinch hitter. He’s struggled in that role, hitting just .175/.250/.200 with a double, four walks, and 12 strikeouts. The 29-year-old has had more success in Triple-A when he’s played every day. This season he played in 35 games with the Louisville Bats and hit .281/.333/.446 with 11 walks and 23 strikeouts spread out over 151 trips to the plate.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com is reporting that the Reds received $75,000 in the deal.
Michael Feliz sent on a rehab assignment
Earlier this week we provided updates on a lot of the injured players on the Cincinnati Reds roster. Michael Feliz was one of those guys and it was said that he’d be going on a rehab assignment this weekend. Well, that’s official now as the reliever has been sent to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats.
2021 Reds Draft Update
The Cincinnati Reds have currently signed 20 of their 22 draft picks from this season. The only two players that remain unsigned are 1st round pick Matt McLain and 11th round pick Shawn Guilliams. There’s no reason to think that either will go unsigned. The deadline to sign is August 1st. If both sign it would be the second year in a row in which Cincinnati signed their entire draft class. Of course last year was only a 5-round draft, and this year is only a 20-round draft. In a typical year there are 40 rounds (and in the past it’s been 50 rounds, and 60+ rounds).
McLain, along with Hunter Greene, made the Top 50 prospect list this week at The Athletic. Greene came in as the #3 prospect in the minors according to the list. Guilliams is coming off of an arm injury that cost him most of his 2021 college season. He did throw prior to the draft, though.