The Reds made some roster moves today. The transaction that will interest most of you is that Jose Peraza has been optioned back to AAA Louisville.
One imagines that Peraza will be the starting shortstop at Louisville, alongside newly-acquired Dilson Herrera, who came over in yesterday’s Jay Bruce trade. We’ll get a chance to see if these guys are the double-play combo of the future, as the Reds hope.
Meanwhile, the Brandon Phillips/Zack Cozart tandem will remain in place for at least the next two months. There’s still some chance that Cozart will be dealt before the waiver trade deadline at the end of this month, after nearly being dealt yesterday. If that trade had gone through, Peraza would likely have been your starting shortstop in Cincinnati tonight. Alas, he’s on I-71 South right now.
Even though they traded for a big league-ready second baseman yesterday, it appears that the Reds are going to kick the can down the road instead of making a difficult decision on Phillips. Tonight, Phillips — one of the two least-productive second basemen in all of baseball — will be hitting fifth for your Cincinnati Reds.
Oh well. *deep breaths* *count to ten* *take blood pressure medication*
Okay, there were some other transactions today, as well. (I don’t really need blood pressure medication. It’s just baseball.) Taking Peraza’s place on the Cincinnati roster will be Tony Renda, an infielder who came over from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade. According to FanGraphs, Renda “looks kind of interesting due to his contact and speed, but he’s also 5-foot-8 and 25 years old.” His future is as a backup infielder, more than likely, but he has played 2B, 3B, LF, and RF in the minors this year. He is what he is. I don’t mind having Renda on the roster, and I’m glad he’s getting a shot. At least he’s not afraid to take a walk.
The Reds also have a have a spot on their roster for an outfielder, since Bruce is plying his trade in Queens now. The International League Player of the Month for
August July, Scott Schebler, was recalled and will take over the left field job (with Adam Duvall shifting over to right field). Schebler is hitting sixth tonight.
Finally, in the interest of having a complete record, I will note that the Reds moved A.J. Morris to the 60-day disabled list, and activated Tim Adleman, who will report to Louisville.