The Reds have claimed infielder Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
There’s a lot to unpack there, and we’ll be discussing it in more detail over the coming days. Gennett is a bench guy, but he could be a useful piece if, in fact, he can play multiple positions. He’ll be 27 years old next week. Then again, since Gennett still has a minor league option, he could be sent to AAA, too. Wait and see.
Christian Walker — so long, we barely knew ya’ — was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks, creating room on the 40-man roster for Gennett.
In addition, the Reds made a flurry of roster moves:
Rob Brantly’s re-assignment to the minor leagues means that Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner will be the backup to Tucker Barnhart until Devin Mesoraco is ready. Given the way spring training had developed, no one is surprised that Tony Renda or Hernan Iribarren won’t be on the Opening Day roster, though we were holding out hope for Iribarren.
The pitching moves are interesting, in that the battle for a spot in the starting rotation has been clarified somewhat. With Tim Adleman and Sal Romano being sent to the minors, there are — by my count — five pitchers competing for the final three spots in the rotation: Bronson Arroyo, Cody Reed, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson, Rookie Davis. I’m putting my money on Reed, Stephenson, and Arroyo, for various reasons. Any or all of that group could end up in the bullpen, too.
More to come…