On Monday the Cincinnati Reds made multiple roster moves, outrighting five pitchers who they had designated for assignment last week. Now they’ve lost three of those pitchers to free agency. Justin Dunn, Alan Busenitz, and Brett Kennedy all opted to choose to become free agents rather than accept their outright to Triple-A.
Justin Dunn’s time with the Reds organization was not one he’d prefer to remember. He was acquired by Cincinnati in March of 2022 as a part of the trade that sent Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to Seattle and brought back Jake Fraley, Brandon Williamson, and Connor Phillips with Dunn. When he arrived he was dealing with a shoulder injury that he had suffered the summer before with the Mariners.
He missed the first half of 2022 before making his Reds debut in August. He pitched for five weeks before his shoulder began to act up again. When he arrived to spring training his shoulder was still bothering him. He didn’t pitch until he began a rehab stint out in Arizona with the complex league minor league team in the middle of August. Dunn pitched in two games there before joining Triple-A Louisville on August 22nd. He threw an inning that night against Toledo. It was the final time he pitched as his shoulder didn’t feel right. A little more than a week later it was announced he would be undergoing shoulder surgery.
For Brett Kennedy, he may remember his time with the Reds a little more fondly. Firstly, he ended his time with Cincinnati healthy. But secondly, the club gave him an opportunity to return to the big leagues for the first time since 2018 after they signed him away from the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League in May. While much of his season was spent in Triple-A with Louisville, he pitched in five games between July and September with Cincinnati and threw 18.0 innings with a 6.50 ERA.
Alan Busenitz had pitched the previous three seasons in Japan and was very effective for Rakuten. Cincinnati signed him as a free agent in January and after spring training ended he was sent to Triple-A. It wasn’t long before he found himself with the Reds. He pitched in four games with the team in May before being optioned back to the minors. Busenitz didn’t return until August when he pitched in one game. The Reds brought him back for the final game of the year and he capped off his season with two perfect innings. He allowed just two runs in his 7.0 innings with Cincinnati during the season.