Andrew Knapp entered spring training in a battle to try and win the Cincinnati Reds backup catcher spot. After going hitless in 10 plate appearances while watching Aramis Garcia crush five home runs, the Reds reassigned Knapp to minor league camp earlier this week. While Knapp did have an opt out clause in his contract that he could use if he didn’t make the big league roster, he did not get a chance to make that decision as the team released him before that date.
While it’s not yet official because a trade or a waiver wire pick up, or even a potential injury could change things, that would leave Aramis Garcia as the backup catcher to Tyler Stephenson. The loss of Knapp does change up the depth beyond the big league level, though. Mark Kolozsvary is on the 40-man roster and now would appear to be a clear #3 catcher on the depth chart. Where he will begin the season, though, still is unknown as despite the Louisville Bats beginning their season tonight at 6:35pm, as of 1:15pm ET they have not yet released their opening day roster.
Reds released Shogo Akiyama
Shortly after this article went live the Reds announced that they had released outfielder Shogo Akiyama. We have more on that here if you’re interested in reading about it.
Max Schrock to the 60-day injured list
While the move won’t be official until Thursday, manager David Bell told the media prior to this afternoon’s game that Max Schrock will begin the season on the 60-day injured list with a calf strain. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report it, beating others by a matter of seconds to the tweet. That will open up one of the needed 40-man roster spots.
Todd Frazier hangs ’em up
This morning former Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Frazier was a 2-time All-Star (2014 and 2015) and the home run derby champion in 2015 that took place at Great American Ball Park. He played last season with the Pirates, getting into 13 games. For his career he saw action in parts of 11 seasons and hit .241/.318/.445 with 212 doubles, 15 triples, 218 home runs, and he stole 73 bases – including a career best 20 in 2014.