The Cincinnati Reds have acquired utility player Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets. Reynolds was placed on waivers and Cincinnati decided to pick him up.To make room on the 40-man roster the team has designated reliever Ryan Hendrix for assignment.
Matt Reynolds is a 31-year-old who has had 25 plate appearances in the big leagues since the start of 2018. He’s had two hits in that span. He has appeared in one game this year with the Mets, but didn’t get an at-bat. He had also been in Triple-A this season and had gone 2-17 (.118). The only time he’s ever had double-digit home runs is in 2019 in Triple-A when they had a juiced baseball and he hit 16. His career high outside of that season is 6, which came in 2015.
What Matt Reynolds can bring is some defense. He can play shortstop, second, and third base on the infield. He’s also got experience in center, left, and right in the outfield.
Making a spot on the 40-man for Reynolds meant that Cincinnati had to designate reliever Ryan Hendrix for assignment. The right-handed pitcher has plenty of stuff to work with, but he’s had a lot of struggle finding any sort of consistency with the strikezone with it. In 2021 he pitched in 36 games with the Reds and posted a 5.97 ERA with eight homers allowed, 16 walks, and 35 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. This season he made five appearances and posted an ERA of 8.10 while walking four, hitting one batter, striking out four, and throwing three wild pitches.
With all of the injuries the Reds have right now, having someone who can actually play some defense could be of value on the bench. With the designated hitter in the National League now it means you may not need that type of guy to hit very often. Cincinnati could bring him off of the bench later in games to give their pitchers a better defensive group behind them in the short term until the team gets a bit healthier and the bench (and subsequent defense) improves.