Doug Gray has all the details, but twenty Reds minor leaguers elected to file for minor league free agency today. Among them were a few guys who have gotten some time in the big leagues with the Reds, such as Kyle Waldrop and Donald Lutz.

To be eligible for minor league free agency, a player has to have six years of experience and not be on the 40-man roster.

Also among the new free agents are Yorman Rodriguez and Juan Duran, two guys who signed at age 12 (or something like that) and who I have never been high on. Two more guys that are favorites of fellow RN editor Jason Linden — Hernan Iribarren and Jermaine Curtis — will be free agents, as well.

It should be noted that some of these guys could still re-sign with the Reds. But they can sign anywhere else, too. I wouldn’t mind seeing Iribarren — or even Rodriguez — back next year.

3 Responses

  1. Daytonian

    No real losses among the list. I will not be sad to see any of them go, except for maybe Diaz who maybe can play some role in the bullpen.

    Still, if they go nowhere else and can be resigned cheaply and if they understand their limited role (as they may play behind youngsters in the system), I wouldn’t mind resigning the following as depth players with limited MLB potential:

    RHP: Caleb Cotham, Dayan Diaz, Pedro Villarreal (AAA)
    2B: Hernan Iribarren (AAA)
    OF: Donald Lutz (AAA), Yorman Rodriguez (AAA), Kyle Waldrop (AAA)

    • Daytonian

      Okay. Drop Waldrop from my list.

  2. ohiojimw

    So, I guess since MiLB free agents are in fact free agents, they aren’t subject to the Rule 5 Draft?