The Cincinnati Reds and Buck Farmer have come to an agreement on a contract for the 2023 season. Jon Heyman of MLB Network was the first to report that Cincinnati and the right-handed reliever signed a deal for $1,750,000 for next season.
For Buck Farmer and the Cincinnati Reds, that deal locks up Farmer for what would have been his final season of arbitration before he will reach free agency. MLB Trade Rumors projected his arbitration number at $1,400,000, so this is a little bit of a jump from there.
The 2022 season was an interesting one for Buck Farmer. He made the team out of spring training and was solid in April, posting a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings where he allowed 10 hits, 5 walks, and had 14 strikeouts while allowing an inherited runner to score (the only one he had in the month). The first two outings of May were tough, though, as he allowed six earned runs (and one unearned run) in 2.1 innings. The Reds then designated Farmer for assignment, he cleared waivers, elected free agency, and then immediately re-signed with the organization and headed to Louisville.
His first outing with the Bats was a continuation of the last two in the big leagues as he allowed three earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched. From that point forward he posted a 2.49 ERA over the next two months, striking out 33 of the 86 batters he faced while walking just six.
A week before the All-Star break the Reds called Farmer up from Triple-A Louisville and he didn’t skip a beat. He had two hiccups the rest of the way – on July 29th he allowed four runs in 0.1 innings and on September 27th he allowed three runs in 1.0 inning. Even with those outings he posted a 2.83 ERA in 35.0 innings after his July 9th call up and he didn’t give up a home run. Farmer did walk 18 batters in that span, an issue to keep an eye on next season, but he was a different looking pitcher once he was called back up to join Cincinnati.