Reds made their latest cuts yesterday. Headed to Louisville are Jose Acevedo and Todd Coffey, neither of which surprise me very much, frankly. Acevedo had been terrible this spring, and Coffey had a couple of rough outings lately, so the writing was on the wall.

That leaves the final bullpen spot — which is really the only intrigue left, with respect to the Reds roster construction — to either Matt Belisle or Joe Valentine. It it’s up to me (and it isn’t), I’d give that spot to Belisle. I just don’t trust Valentine’s control, or lack thereof.

Assigned to minor league camp was Jason Romano (woo-hoo!), Bobby Estallela (huh?), and Jeriome Robertson (woo-hoo!).

I’m hearing that Estallela has asked for his unconditional release, as he should. He has no business being anywhere but Cincinnati for Opening Day. I can’t get too worked up about the backup catcher slot (after all, how much is this really going to hurt the team?), but it’s pretty clear that the Reds made a mistake here. Heck, I’d even endorse the Reds carrying a third catcher, if it meant Estallela stayed in the majors, rather than 12 pitchers.

The final roster spot is basically down to Luis Lopez and Jacob Cruz, and no one seriously thinks it will be anyone but Cruz (nor should it be; Cruz is okay for the 25th man on the roster).

2 Responses

  1. Chris

    Estellela played well, but I can’t be all that sure that we’re going to be missing him. That said, this sort of thing is just what you get when you do stupid things like locking up a 29 year-old backup catcher with a 640 career OPS.

  2. Tom

    Big bummer for Estalella. Like you said, not a huge deal, Valentin is servicable, hit righthanders pretty well last season, but it will be a factor if LaRue goes down for any extended period of time.

    I too, fully expected Robertson to win that last spot, and I too, would rather see Belisle over Valentine. Valentine needs to find his spots more regulary before I’m going to be comfortable with him out there. Doesn’t matter anyway, it is a one month position until Hudson is ready. Then comes the interesting decision between Claussen and Hudson.

    Cruz has got to be the man, we have to have a lefty off the bench, don’t forget he plays some 1B too, better stick and glove at 1B than Valentin, albiet he’d be the third choice there after Dunn. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings though if they went out and got a Grieve, Petagine, or McMillon to upgrade over Cruz though.