The Cincinnati Reds have lost 22 players as the group of players elected minor league free agency this week. Among the group of 22 minor leaguers were big leaguers with the club in the past – Chuckie Robinson, Deck McGuire, Raynel Espinal, and Ronnie Dawson.
Here is the full list of players who elected minor league free agency after being in the Reds organization this season (you can click on their name to see their page at Baseball Reference):
|SS||Michael De Leon|
Obviously you don’t typically feel the pain when a guy leaves in minor league free agency. The team didn’t even deem keep them around on the 40-man roster (or ever add them). But what it does do is diminish some of the depth that an organization has.
At the same time, nearly every organization lost 20-ish players to minor league free agency this week. They are all going to look at trying to fill holes in the organization with some of the 600+ players that are now free agents.
Cincinnati has already done so, signing free agent pitcher Kevin Herget to a minor league deal yesterday when free agency began. The 31-year-old made his big league debut this past season for the Tampa Bay Rays in September. He pitched in three games and allowed six runs on nine hits without any walks and four strikeouts in 7.0 innings. He had pitched in Triple-A for Tampa, posting a 2.95 ERA for Durham in 97.2 innings – mostly as a starter. Herget went 8-1 with 16 walks, 99 strikeouts, and 105 hits allowed in that span. Not bad for a guy who began 2022 pitching in the independent Atlantic League for the Charleston Dirty Birds.