The Cincinnati Reds appear to have signed Brandon Drury. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that he has a locker in the clubhouse. The club announced that the deal was a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.
The 29-year-old split his 2021 season between Triple-A and with the Mets in the big leagues. In the big leagues he played in 51 games but only managed to squeeze out 88 plate appearances. He hit fine in those opportunities, though, posting a .274/.307/.476 line with 5 doubles and 4 home runs. He did only walk 3 times and he struck out 22 times during that stretch. In Triple-A with Syracuse he played in 56 games and picked up 236 plate appearances. Over that span he hit .257/.318/.449 with 14 doubles and 9 home runs while walking 19 times and striking out 49 times.
Defensively he saw action at 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, left field, and right field while playing for the Reds last season. He even pitched in a game for New York. In past seasons he has played a tiny amount of shortstop and given the current situation behind Kyle Farmer, that little bit of experience could be of some sort of value.
Reds sent Allen Cordoba to MiLB camp
Prior to the game today the Cincinnati Reds announced that utility player Allen Cordoba was reassigned to minor league camp.
Weekend starters announced
The game notes for Monday included the Reds probable starters being added through the weekend. After the only off day of the spring on Friday we’ll see Hunter Greene pitch on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants and then on Sunday it will be Tony Santillan taking the mound against the Colorado Rockies. That’s going to make eight starts to kick off spring training and none of them going to either Luis Castillo or Mike Minor. In a shortened spring training that doesn’t feel ideal. That said, as veterans, they can go pitch in a game back on the minor league fields to get their work in while the younger guys get innings in front of the manager and pitching coach against some big leaguers to give them at least a little bit of better information to work with as they attempt to make the best decision on who will make the team and who will head back to the minor leagues.