The Cincinnati Reds announced on Thursday afternoon that they had outrighted infielder/knuckleballer Alex Blandino to Triple-A Louisville. With the offseason just now beginning, we are going to see many teams making moves to outright players to clear up spots on their 40-man roster. What you’ll also see plenty of is the other three moves the Reds made – activating players who had previously been on the 60-day injured list. Pitchers Tejay Antone and Brandon Bailey, both of whom underwent Tommy John surgery and are still recovering, as well as Nick Senzel, were activated since there is no injured list during the offseason.
Alex Blandino spent plenty of time on the injured list in 2021 after breaking his hand in June. He would miss nearly two months before beginning a rehab assignment. When his rehab assignment was completed he was optioned to Triple-A where he spent the rest of the season. From the start of the season through June 4th, Blandino hit .200/.317/.257 with 8 walks and 28 strikeouts in 82 plate appearances. Including his time on rehab with Louisville he played in 18 games and had hits in just 6 of them, hitting .102/.289/.153 for the Bats.
The three players that were activated, plus Blandino being outrighted places the Reds current 40-man roster at 36 players. That number still includes both Wade Miley and Justin Wilson who could become free agents depending on whether Wilson picks his up and whether the Reds choose to pick up or decline theirs on Miley.
The roster moves aren’t over for Cincinnati, though. They have a few weeks left to make their decisions on who to add to the 40-man roster to protect from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. One player, Hunter Greene, is 100% going to be added. Beyond him, though, there are a handful of players where you can argue either side on – whether to leave them exposed or whether to add them and take no chances that someone will both select them and keep them on the roster all of 2022.