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.

31 Responses

  1. DataDumpster

    Yea, that was quite a year in a Jekyll and Hyde sort of way. Have to trust the management on this signing. Still can’t understand the DFA, clear waivers, free agency, resign gambit at least from the management standpoint. I guess Aquino went through something similar last year also. Good luck, Buck. So, at least one Farmer will be on the team come opening day.

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    • Jim Walker

      the free agency gambit beats the arbitration system for the teams where fringe guys are involved. And in Buck Farmer’s case, rejecting the outright almost certainly got him more money on the re-sign, both at the MiLB level and after he was back at MLB.

      From the team side, I think they sometimes pick to DFA a guy they are virtually certain will clear waivers but can opt out of an outright versus risking a guy they want to keep long term but fear will not clear waivers. For all we know, they had already talked return terms with B.Farmer prior to starting the DFA process.

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  2. LDS

    Waiting for today’s non-tenders (if any) and somewhat surprised that none of the DFAs have been claimed by the Reds. Surely, there is someone on the list better than the dead wood on the Reds 40 man roster.

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    • Jim Walker

      Reds are probably waiting for nontender guys who become free agents; and, also probably some of the DFA guys meet the criteria to declare themselves free agents after they are sent through waivers and outrighted by the club.

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      • Greenfield Red

        Interesting his arbitration number was 1.4 and the Reds gave him 1.75 for 1 year. Why not wait it out for the 1.4?

      • Doug Gray

        His estimated arbitration number was $1.4M. That could have gone a different direction in actual arbitration.

    • Tar Heel Red

      As bad as the team’s record was last year, you must remember there were three teams that finished with a worse record…Washington, Oakland and Pittsburgh (Reds win tie-breaker). It is quite possible that one of these teams have claimed a player ahead of the Reds and we are just not aware of it yet.

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      • LDS

        All true, but the Reds tried hard to make that not be the case

      • Votto4life

        It is true we don’t know about the three teams, who had a worst season than the Reds, in 2022 have done. It’s just curious when a team like the Yankees, who won 99 games last year, make a claim on a player, why that same player wouldn’t improve the Cincinnati Reds. I realize teams have different needs, but when you lose 100 games you would seem to have many needs.

  3. Harry Stoner

    Despite his modicum of success, Farmer was a central part of the whole BB contagion in the Reds bullpen which seemed to cause nary a blip on the management or coaching radar.

    Why so many free passes? Why was it typical that a Reds reliever entered the game seemingly unprepared to pitch?

    These should be basic questions the press should be asking Bell, Johnson and Krall.

    They should be questions Krall should be asking Johnson and Bell.

    Questions Bell should be asking Johnson.

    Questions Johnson should be asking his pitchers.

    It’s like some weird dirty little secret.

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    • old-school

      I think the organizational philosophy is miss bats. When a reliever comes in to a game, its max effort and miss bats and get 3 outs in your 1 inning and come out and hand off to the next releiver. Pitchers are chasing the strikeouts and counting on hitters chasing balls which they often dont and hence walks. If the philosophy was throw strikes, get weak contact and be pitch efficient, you wouldnt see the walks. Walks are a byproduct of trying to be perfect and avoiding hitters hitting the ball.

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  4. Optimist

    I suppose it’s interesting in that it sets a bit of a salary floor. Hoping he’ll continue the better version which showed itself as the stats reflect, rather than just another AAAA arm. Also hope it shows they’ll move up at least a notch from the past few years of going through multiple attempts to find league-minimum talent, rather than simply adding and deleting as performance dictates.

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  5. MK

    Brendon McKay the two-way player was released by the Rays and will be rehabbing from Tommy John in 2023, but is he someone the Reds should Perdue understanding there will be a need at first base in 2024? A former University of Louisville player he does have some local appeal and roots.

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    • BK

      I agree; he had a lot of potential as both a pitcher and hitter when drafted.

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  6. Greenfield Red

    It must be a good night in rhe Farmer household. I don’t know how much he has made playing baseball, but if he has taken care of his money, and he can make this kind of money for a couple of more years, he will be able to retire before 40 and have a life most of us dream of.

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    • Doug Gray

      After the 2023 season he will have made about $6M in his baseball career.

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      • Greenfield Red

        That’s a pretty sweet ride. I hope he, and guys like him, who are not big dollar all star types, but journeymen who make a great living and can retire so early have an understanding of just how fortunate they are to have enough talent and enough drive to pull off a life like this.

        This, to me, is the good part of all the money in the game.

      • 2020ball

        yup, the players deserve it far more than the owners do

  7. Old-school

    Farmer was an accomplished elite ACC pitcher. He was drafted as a 5th round pick for the Tigers. The pedigree is there. He’s had some solid innings in MLB. Not a bad signing. Could also be traded at the deadline or signed as a bullpen piece for 2024+ if he has a nice year.

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  8. Tar Heel Red

    Farmer attended Georgia Institute of Technology…not an ACC team. But you are right, he has thrown some solid innings in the past and could very well be a valuable piece of the Reds bullpen in ’23.

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  9. LDS

    So Bellinger has been NT’d. Couple of bad years but an upgrade in the Reds OF. The Reds should follow the Dodgers example and move Senzel.

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    • Old-school

      Dodgers could still sign Bellinger for less than 18.5 mil. They moved on from his 18.5 mil. They havent moved on from him yet.

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      • LDS

        Perhaps, but he’s available. And the Reds need OF’ers. IMO, he’s worth a gamble.

  10. Hanawi

    Sign one Farmer and trade the other apparently. Knew Kyle wouldn’t stay on the salary he was going to command.

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    • LDS

      Wow, someone needs to get Bell a stiff drink. He’s likely beside himself.

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    • west larry

      article doesn’t say (yet) what the twins gave up in the trade,

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      • west larry

        reds are getting Casey laguna, a 25-y o right hand pitcher.

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