The Cincinnati Reds designated Luke Weaver for assignment on Wednesday afternoon. Unsurprisingly he cleared waivers and today the Reds gave him his outright release from the organization.
Weaver made 21 starts for Cincinnati this season and posted a 6.87 ERA in 97.0 innings. Only Connor Seabold of the Colorado Rockies had a worse ERA than that has topped 80.0 innings this year.
The signing this past offseason of Luke Weaver was the only one from the organization that was for a big league contract. Coming off of a season in which he posted a 6.56 ERA – almost exclusively as a reliever – it was a questionable signing (as a big league deal) at the time and now with hindsight, it seems that those questioning the move were correct.
Injuries piled up for the rotation in Cincinnati throughout the season. At different times the Reds have been without Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Ben Lively, and Graham Ashcraft – three of them at the same time for a while there, if you were wondering how a low-dollar signing was allowed to take the mound every five days for nearly five months despite an ERA that was over 6.00 for almost the entire season. The depth for the organization was tested. It was tested to the point that they signed multiple pitchers out of the Atlantic League simply to provide innings in the minors, and some of those pitchers – like tonight’s starter Brett Kennedy – have even seen big league action.
Vladimir Gutierrez is back from rehab
We failed to report this on Wednesday, but the Cincinnati Reds recalled right-handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez from his rehab assignment. To be clear, that does not mean he was activated and called up, but that he was pulled from his rehab assignment. The team brought him back because his elbow was sore. Gutierrez is attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery that he had last summer. Gutierrez had made five appearances in the minors – two with the complex team in Arizona and three with Triple-A Louisville.