It appears that the Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Albert Almora. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Sunday afternoon that the outfielder had a locker in the clubhouse. The team officially announced it as a minor league deal with an
No one has any contract details yet, but it would be beyond shocking if this were a big league deal. Albert Almora hit .115 last season in 54 plate appearances. In 2020 he hit .167 in 43 plate appearances. Back in 2019 he hit .236 in 363 plate appearances. That’s just not the profile of a guy who lands a big league deal. The 27-year-old is likely to be defensive depth in the minors (if he doesn’t have an opt-out clause that he takes if he doesn’t make the team). In 2021 in Triple-A Syracuse, playing in the Mets organization, he did hit .270/.331/.428 in 41 games played.
Cincinnati’s outfield situation is still a bit of a big question mark. On the 40-man roster the outfielders include Nick Senzel, Tyler Naquin, Max Schrock, Aristides Aquino, Shogo Akiyama, TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, and Allan Cerda. There’s not much of a chance that Cerda, who has yet to play in Double-A is going to make the team. Everyone else, though, has a shot. But not a single one of them has ever played a full season worth of games in the outfield at the big league level. It sounds like both Senzel and Naquin have their spots mostly locked in, but who makes up the remainder of the outfield on the 26-man roster when the season begins remains very uncertain. It is worth noting, though, that Aristides Aquino is out of options, while everyone else is not.
Lucas Sims likely to miss opening day
Last week we learned that Lucas Sims was a little bit behind the other pitchers when he arrived in Goodyear. While he is pitching now, it doesn’t seem like he is going to be ready to start the season on time according to David Bell, via reporting from Bobby Nightengale.
David Bell said Lucas Sims likely won’t be ready by Opening Day. He’s not injured, but less time to prepare for season with shortened camp. https://t.co/73EnSFuI08
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) March 20, 2022
This article was updated to include contract information on Albert Almora.