The Cincinnati Reds have signed catcher Chuckie Robinson and right-handed pitcher Jared Solomon to minor league deals for the 2023 season and extended them non-roster invites to spring training.
Those two re-signing and getting invites to spring training now puts the Reds non-roster invitee list at six players. Robinson and Solomon join pitchers Daniel Duarte, Ben Lively, and Kevin Herget, as well as outfielders Allan Cerda as players getting invites out to Goodyear for February and March of 2023.
Chuckie Robinson signed a minor league deal with the Reds prior to the 2022 season and he spent much of his 2022 season in the minors, playing 58 games between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. He hit .266/.320/.399 between those two levels. But with injuries and a complete lack of any production from a catcher in Cincinnati not named Tyler Stephenson, Robinson eventually got called up to the big leagues for his debut in late August. He struggled at the plate, hitting .136/.136/.271 with 17 strikeouts in 60 plate appearances. Robinson did show off one of the strongest arms in baseball behind the plate during his time with the Reds.
After missing the 2021 season because he underwent Tommy John surgery, Jared Solomon began his year in the minor leagues in 2022. He was only in the minor leagues for a month – splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A – before he was called up to join the Reds bullpen. In his first six outings he gave up two runs (3.18 ERA), but on June 7th he gave up five runs and only recorded two outs and was sent back to the minors. The Reds sent him back to Triple-A after that outing. He would only see action in the big leagues in two other games the rest of the season. He finished the season with an ERA of 10.80 in 8.1 innings.
Both players were designated for assignment following the season and elected to be free agents in November. Now they are both coming back to the organization with the hopes of getting back to Cincinnati in 2023.