The Cincinnati Reds have placed infielder Mike Moustakas on the 10-day injured list with a calf strain that he suffered in last night’s game against the New York Mets. Taking his place on the roster will be infielder Alejo Lopez who is being called up from Triple-A Louisville.

Both Mike Moustakas and Jonathan India exited the game last night with soft tissue issues. The good news is that India is back in the starting lineup tonight for the Reds. Moustakas, however, isn’t as lucky and will be making another trip to the injured list. This will be the 4th time this season that he’s been placed on the injured list, though one time he only spent one day on the list.

Moustakas was in the middle of a 1-18 slump, with the one hit in that span coming in last night’s game. Alejo Lopez hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire with Louisville of late. Over the last month he’s played in 18 games and hit just .217/.284/.300. He’s only struck out six times in that span, but all of the contact he’s made hasn’t resulted in much production. He will provide some additional position flexibility that Moustakas doesn’t, and he can switch hit and pinch run that could give a few other options coming off of the bench for David Bell.

22 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Hard to believe India is back in there. We’ll see.

  2. DataDumpster

    Well, at least,
    the Moose won’t need a glove for the IL,
    undoubtedly his best position.
    Just sad, do any players agree to get say 75% of the monies owed to them to just be released so he and the Reds can both move on without further mutual embarrassment?

    • Greenfield Red

      I’ve been saying the same for weeks regarding Moose and Votto. Offer to pay out 75% of the sunk cost and give each a day at GABP at the end of the year. Neither need the money

      • citizen54

        I wish people would stop lumping in Votto with Moustakas. Votto is at 104 wRC+ which is above league average.

    • Jim Walker

      One of the features of the NHL system I prefer is that they have buyouts. It is a two tiered system based on age at the time of the buyout. At the lower age (under 26), the buyout is 33.33% of the remaining AAV and at the higher age (26+), it is 66.66% of the remaining AAV.

  3. LDS

    Given the reds injury days, they really need to contract costs to games played

    • Doc

      One of the many things I don’t like about the guaranteed contracts is that players can spend a year or two on the IL for a major injury, get paid their full salaries, and still get credit for the full injury period against the contract length. Then they get well and are FA again and the team holding the contract has not only paid the salary but also paid all the medical expenses and yet they get a relative nothing from the player.

      Of course, I understand that it was a CBT negotiated by a bunch of stupid owners and a sharp players’ attorney, but doesn’t mean I have to like it. It’s also possible that it doesn’t work the way I presume, and there is insurance return to the team involved, but it still stinks in my opinion.

      • Jim Walker

        Don’t have any links for you but from what I have read going back a number of years, virtually no contracts have been insured at MLB for a long time. The premiums vs the low rate of payout incidents and the dollar amounts of the payouts made costs prohibitive.

        My guess would be that teams may carry term life on certain players along with catastrophic accident disability coverage for events clearly not related to baseball activity but not on the contracts per se. But this is only a guess.

        How about an injury buyout system versus trying to regulate service time or partially cutting salary during the tenure of an injury? Docs would certify a guy medically meets the criteria. If the buyout is approved, the player is granted free agency regardless of service time considerations or time that was left on the contract. The real devil would be in the details of the buyout criteria and %.

  4. Matt

    Buy out his contract and let him go!!!

  5. Bill J

    I would think players would work out an agreement with a team rather than keep embarrassing themselves. I always remember Jim Brown retiring after I believe 9 seasons and having one of his best season.

    • MadMike

      Bill, i think MLBPA strongly frowns upon this. I can’t think of any buyouts or players walking away from money, but remember ARod willing to restructure his contract and take less money to facilitate a trade, and the MLBPA nixed it. NFL, NBA, NHL yes …but I just don’t think it is done in baseball.

      • Jim Walker

        I agree MM. I don’t know that it is officially written in the CBA or union bylaws but they just don’t go down this path.

  6. Redsvol

    I think moose is all done and reds front office should treat him as all done. Put him on the 60 day DL so we can use thr roster spot to claim some of these marginal pitchers that are being released. Try one each week and dfa one a week until we find one that is competent enough to find the strike zone and take the ball every 5th day or other day if a reliever.

  7. Magnum 44

    I remember when they signed him remember #get the hitting? I was thinking whew that is a bad sign….its crazy to think if we offered Moustakas contract to Castellonos he would of taken the deal and walked away from Moose what different place this franchise would be in.

    • citizen54

      Castellanos has -1.1 fWAR this year. Moose is at -.5 fWAR. Not sure the Reds would be in a better spot.

      The Castellanos contract was actually worse than the one for Moustakas since tit contained a player option which meant if he sucked the Reds would have been on the hook for the entirety of the contract while if he was any good the Reds wouldn’t have gotten full value since he would just opt out. It actually worked out in the Reds favor that Castellanos had a career year since now the Reds aren’t stuck with his contract. And man -1.1 fWAR during the first year of a 5 year $100 million deal for a guy over 30. What was Dombrowski thinking?

  8. CP

    Not gonna lie I was hoping the Reds would call you Spencer Steer with Moose Hurt and India dinged you. He could cover you in the IF and get a cup of coffee at the ML level. Hard to watch the Reds unless there are players playing you think could be part of the future and he could be one of them

    • Jim Walker

      Fraley and maybe Barrero (despite the tough Tuesday) seem to be then guys trending positively. Both the AA’s (Almora/ Aquino) are not offensively and Senzel seems to be spirally downward in their direction as opposed to stepping up.

  9. Still a Red

    At the time I was a bit gobsmacked at the Reds venture into FAgency that year, but while the price might have been too high for Moose, I at least expected something more from him. The 30+ drop off has been steep.