The news that so many of you clamored for has arrived:
Reds DFA Blake Wood, option Phillip Ervin. Call up Luke Farrell and Alejandro Chacin
— Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) August 23, 2017
After his disastrous outing last night, and a ten day stretch that saw him surrender 14 runs in his last 3.2 innings of relief (a nifty 34.36 ERA, the Reds have designated the 32 year-old Blake Wood for assignment. Wood signed with the Reds before the 2016 season, and he was marginally effective last season, posting a 3.99 ERA in 70 relief appearances (0.6 WAR). This season has seen Wood struggle to find consistency, and he has cratered recently. On the season, Wood is 1-4 with a 5.65 ERA, with a negative -0.7 WAR.
At the same time, outfielder Phillip Ervin was sent back to Louisville. Expect to see Ervin back in a Reds uniform in September, when rosters expand.
These moves were designed to get some relievers to Cincinnati, given the sorry shape of the Reds bullpen. Those relievers are Luke Farrell and Alejandro Chacin. As noted by Trent Rosecrans:
Farrell was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers on Aug. 9. The 26-year-old made his big league debut earlier this year for Kansas City. He allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He made two starts for the Bats, giving up 12 runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Chacin, 24, has appeared in 44 games for the Bats, putting up a 2.60 ERA.
Our friend Doug Gray knows more than I about Chacin and Farrell. Yesterday, he had this really good look (go read it) at Chacin and when/whether he should be placed on the 40-man roster. That’s a moot point now, as the Reds have added him in order to call him up tonight (Cincinnati had an open spot on the 40-man).
Doug also had these comments today (in a post that you should go read in its entirety):
For Alejandro Chacin he needed to be placed on the 40-man roster, which is now at 40 players. The team had an open roster spot, so there is no corresponding 40-man roster move. The 24-year-old right hander has a 2.60 ERA in 69.1 innings this season for Louisville. In that span he has walked 27 batters and struck out 63. However, he’s been even better since the month of June began he’s posted a 0.91 ERA (this is not a typo) in 39.2 innings pitched with just 23 hits allowed, 14 walks and 39 strikeouts. Oh, and he hasn’t allowed a home run in that span, either.
Farrell is what he is: a marginal big leaguer who has exactly what the Reds need most right now. That is, a healthy pitching arm. The Cincinnati bullpen needs arms and they need them now, as recent disasters in the starting rotation have conspired to tax the current occupants of the Reds relief corps.