The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Henry Ramos to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. Jon Heyman of MLB Network was the first to report this on Monday night.

Henry Ramos spent the 2022 season playing in the KBO in Korea, but his season was limited as he played in just 18 games. In that time he hit .250/.304/.417. He’s spent the winter playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League for Mayaguez. In 47 games he hit .261/.339/.395 with 16 walks and 23 strikeouts. As we’ve noted several times while providing updates on Jose Barrero, who also played for Mayaguez this winter – this league is extremely pitcher friendly and the league average OPS in .610, and no single team has an OPS over .646.

Ramos, who will turn 31-years-old in April, reached the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2021. He hit .200/.255/.300 in 18 games played. That was his only time spent in Major League Baseball. In Triple-A that season he played in 75 games with Reno and hit an impressive .371/.439/.582 with 12 home runs, 16 doubles, and he added a triple for good measure. Unlike the Puerto Rican Winter League, things are not pitcher friendly in Reno. The team that season hit .294/.373/.518 and the pitching staff had an ERA of 6.29.

In parts of 11 minor league seasons Ramos is a career .282/.341/.431 hitter. He’s spent parts of five seasons in Triple-A and he’s hit better than that, posting a .297 average to go along with a .350 on-base percentage, and a .471 slugging percentage.

Defensively he’s played all three outfield positions, but in the last few years he hasn’t spent much time in center except when he’s played winter league baseball. All 18 of his games in Korea came as a right fielder.

With Henry Ramos getting an invitation to big league camp, the Reds spring training roster is now up to 52 players. Everyone on the 40-man roster is automatically invited to big league camp, but with Ramos there are now 12 minor league invites. He’ll be joined by fellow outfielder Allan Cerda, catchers Jhonny Pereda, Chuckie Robinson, and Austin Romine, as well as pitchers Silvino Bracho, Alan Busenitz, Daniel Duarte, Tayron Guerrero, Kevin Herget, Ben Lively, and Jared Solomon.

You can see the career stats for Henry Ramos here.

31 Responses

    • LDS

      Cheap. Somewhere out there is the baseball equivalent of Kurt Warner, and by golly the Reds are going to find him, someday, maybe…. And when they do, they’ll trade him for a PTBNL.

    • Melvin

      Looks like he has good minor league stats. Like most all other Reds signings it’s definitely not a “needle mover” move though. Bad is still bad most likely.

  1. JB

    I just can’t believe how we keep getting these guys. It’s like no other teams are doing their homework. Just a win win again. Welcome to the team Henry. You will love it here.

  2. Michael B. Green

    I like the signing. Insurance for Myers and Votto. Is a professional hitter. He is a Patrick Wisdom/Frank Schwindel type player.

  3. PTBNL

    EVERY team signs players like these in the off-season. People on here think that the Reds have the corner market on mediocre players because they are cheap and have a horrible front office. Tap the breaks fellas. Doubt many of these signings see much time on the Reds 40 man. Literally, every team does this!

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      It would be different if this were a guaranteed big league deal. A minor league deal is nothing.

    • TR

      At least some activity in an otherwise boring Red’s offseason so far.

    • MBS

      I don’t think anyone has a problem with signing guys like this, it the lack of signing impact players. That’s where the sarcasm comes from.

      • Chris Holbert

        The main issue is not signing these guys to minor league deals. For most teams that becomes a moot point. They usually show they are not good and wash out in spring training. The issue that guys like this make the Reds out of spring training and then are used a lot by DB and they flame out terribly on the big stage.

      • Kevin Fox

        Good point. The reds don’t even try to sign major league players. Except for Wil Myers who will be traded at the deadline this coming season. So why even sign him in the first place. Just to get more prospects at the deadline and build for 3023

  4. wkuchad

    Marlins sign Cueto. I was really hoping to the Reds could get him on a one year deal.

    • Gonzo Reds

      Yeah, heard they were negotiating with him and then Phil said “where ya gonna go?” so he then signed with the Marlins.

    • JB

      Obviously 8.5 million was way to much this year. They are in the market for 2-3 million.

  5. Redsvol

    Lets face it, Senzel isn’t going to be ready for opening day and there isn’t much depth behind Friedl in centerfield. Siani needs more AAA time. This is a depth move to make sure injuries don’t cause us to start Stuart Fairchild in centerfield. And we all know the Reds will have 5 projected starters open the season on the DL – happens every year.

    There are a ton of 2023 major league pitchers (relievers and starters) who have yet to sign. I’m hoping they see some playing time opportunity with Reds and we sign 3-5 on minor league deals. We do not have enough starting pitching depth.

  6. Jimbo44CN

    Just switch out Phil for this lady and here you have the Reds spring training list

    • JB

      Lol “This guy here is dead” . This is so accurate.

  7. DataDumpster

    The 2019 Seattle Mariners set an MLB record for most players used in a season (67). By my count, using the wikipedia entry for the Red’s 2022 season, they equaled this record. About 2/3 of those players are NOT on the 40 man roster now.
    I don’t understand the logic of inviting so many marginal players to spring training at the expense of giving more time to players expected to be on the major league roster as well as playing a lot of these bush leaguers. What I do know is that the Reds under David Bell have always started slowly, having a losing record in each four Aprils (counted the first 20 games in 2020) with an overall mark of 38-59. That winning percentage is even lower than the team’s horrendous 62-100 record of last year.

    • David

      The Reds get a big discount on renting out hotel rooms for the players, so the more players that they have in Spring Training, the cheaper it is.

      Okay, I might have made that up.

  8. JB

    I’m going to say the Reds sign Chris Archer. They love their has beens and they will think they can flip him at the deadline. What’s everybody else’s pick?

    • Kevin Fox

      They will let one of their young starters in the minor leagues have the spot in the rotation. So no Chris Archer to the reds

  9. Michael B. Green

    Since flyballs carry OUT at the Great American Smallpark, I predict CIN does something foolish and signs a high FB% pitcher. Prediction: Dylan Bundy. What could go wrong?

  10. Steven Ross

    For a Triple A team, the Reds are looking pretty good.

  11. MK

    He has some knowledge of other guys in the organization as with Mayaguez in Puerto Rico he is a teammate with Brian Rey, Edwin Arroyo, and Jose Barrero. As of today he has a higher BA than these three.