Perhaps not a big deal in the grand scheme of things (okay, it’s definitely not a big deal), but I kinda thought Steve Selsky might be a decent bench bat for the Reds in 2017 and beyond:
The Red Sox added depth at two spots on Wednesday, claiming outfielder/first baseman Steve Selsky off waivers from the Reds.
The 27-year-old Selsky is a right-handed hitter who played in 24 games last season, nine of them starts, hitting .314 with two doubles and two homers. He produced a memorable 5-for-5 performance at St. Louis on Sept. 26.
Selsky spent most of 2016 at Triple-A Louisville, starting 39 games in the outfield, 33 at first base and eight at DH while hitting .280 with an .822 OPS, 24 doubles and nine homers. He was a 33rd-round selection by the Reds in the 2011 Draft, and he has a .295 average and a .379 on-base percentage in 537 Minor League games.
Our friend Doug Gray describes why the Reds were forced to expose Selsky to waivers:
When the Cincinnati Reds traded Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins they needed to create a roster spot on the 40-man. Straily cleared one when he left, but both Austin Brice and Luis Castillo required one. The Reds chose to designate outfielder/1st baseman Steve Selsky for assignment to clear that roster spot and he was placed on waivers. The Boston Red Sox have picked him up and placed him on their 40-man roster.
Go read that entire post; it’s worth your time.