The drip-drip-drip of transactional news continued today. Immediately after the end of the World Series — the Series finished earlier this morning; did you watch it? — teams can begin announcing transactions and eligible players declare for free agency. The Cincinnati Reds had two such players, pitchers Alfredo Simon and Ross Ohlendorf. As expected:
Ross Ohlendorf and Alfredo Simon are now officially free agents
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 3, 2016
In a bit of housekeeping news, it appears that reliever JJ Hoover — who cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A in August — will be a free agent as well.
#reds aren't going to re-sign J.J. Hoover. Was outrighted in Aug. “At this point, it’s not in the plans to have him here," GM Williams said
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) November 3, 2016
Redleg Nation wishes the best of luck to all of these guys.
Finally, John Lamb was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. Yes, we discussed this yesterday. But since teams are forbidden from making any announcements during the World Series, the official word on the trade finally came today:
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 3, 2016
If nothing else, these transactions put an official end to the less-than-successful 2016 season. The Reds were bad and the stupid Cubs won the World Series.
Winter is upon us. And:
If a Cubs fan ever says “1990” to me, I can’t be held responsible for my actions.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) November 3, 2016
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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