Today is the day in which we will find out when the waiver claims have gone through or not. We do not know with certainty all of the players who were put on waivers, though we do seem to have a good idea. The order of claims is the reverse order of winning percentage this morning. That puts the Cincinnati Reds 15th. Teams will find out at 1pm ET today if their claim has gone through or not, but be aware that we may not find out about the moves until a little later in the afternoon.
Waivers aren’t like they used to be. As things are today, if a player is put on waivers then the team that claims them with the highest priority gets that player. There is no ability to pull the player back off of waivers, nor is there a trade involved. The claiming team simply gets the player and must pay their due salary.
Cincinnati would seem to be a fit for several players on waivers. Their rotation seems to be barely hanging on right now, and with Nick Lodolo looking like he may not return this season at all, grabbing a starting pitcher could be big. Lucas Giolito, Mike Clevinger, and Carlos Carrasco are all reportedly on waivers.
The Reds could also put in claims for some relievers. Matt Moore, Reynaldo Lopez, Dominic Leone, and Jose Cisnero are all reportedly on waivers. Moore has been the best of the bunch this season and has a 2.66 ERA on the year with 12 walks and 49 strikeouts in 44.0 innings. Teammate Reynaldo Lopez, who was just acquired at the trade deadline by the Angels, has a 3.93 ERA between the White Sox and Los Angeles in his 55.0 innings with 30 walks and 71 strikeouts.
If you’ve been paying attention lately, though, you’ve probably noticed that the offense hasn’t been as good as it had been earlier in the year. They’ve struggled for much of August. And there’s some position players out there. Harrison Bader is struggling to hit this year on the surface, but that’s because he’s getting crushed by right-handed pitchers. Against lefties he’s hitting .348 and slugging .697 this year. The sample size is small, but he’s also an elite defensive outfielder and it’s possible he could fill a short term need as a lefty crusher who could come off the bench later in games as a defensive replacement.
Hunter Renfroe hasn’t been good against lefties or righties this season, but he hasn’t been bad, either. His OPS against righties is .742 and against lefties it has been .722. Randal Grichuk was hitting well with the Rockies before the trade deadline but since arriving in Los Angeles with the Angels he’s hit just .168. Still, there could be some value there as he’s crushed left-handed pitching this season, hitting .323 and slugging .583 against them in 106 plate appearances and has walked just one less time against them as he’s struck out (10 to 11).
With the cost simply being money rather than players going the other direction, there is no excuse at all for Cincinnati to not make several claims today. Whether they can actually win the claims is another matter – the rules are the rules and if someone ahead of them takes them there’s nothing that the Reds can do. Stay tuned.