The Cincinnati Reds have kicked off their winter meetings on Monday afternoon by making a waiver claim. They picked up left-handed reliever Robby Scott from the Boston Red Sox. This move was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.

Robby Scott is a 29-year-old reliever with limited big league action. Most of his time in the Major Leagues came with the Red Sox in the 2017 season when he threw 35.2 of his 48.1 career innings in the big leagues. That season he posted a 3.79 ERA in 57 appearances with 13 walks and 31 strikeouts to go along with seven home runs allowed.

In 2018, though, he barely pitched for the Red Sox. He made nine appearances and threw just 6.2 innings for Boston and posted an ERA of 8.10. He struggled with his control in a big way, walking five batters and hitting five more, while striking out eight. He was much better in Triple-A in 2018, though. In 48.1 innings over 45 games he posted a 1.86 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 21 walks. He also allowed just one home run.

His splits throughout his career, both in the minors and majors, suggest that he’s a candidate as a loogy. He’s flat out dominated left-handed hitters throughout his career – but had some struggles at times with right handers.

Robby Scott was first brought to the Major Leagues in September of 2016. He was not optioned until the 2017 season. That would mean he should have one option remaining – as he used the first one in 2017 and then a second one in 2018.

33 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    The Reds front office is taking the Winter Meetings by storm. Move over Phillies and your cases of stupid money.
    Dick Williams can now check the box for the reliever he wanted. Not the established reliever most thought in the mold of Hughes and Hernandez.
    A Walt move if there ever was one. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the oak.

    • Thomas Jefferson

      Since he cost nothing but a 40 man spot and has an option left, it seems like a good move that can simply be re-waived if the roster spot is needed. WV, since you know a lot about obscure players (like your prescient call to pick up Mikolas last year), I’ll ask if you know anything about this guy and if your disdain is for him or simply for the Reds’ lack of signing anyone yet.

      • Bill

        It is ridiculous to criticize waiver claims during the winter. As you pointed out he cost nothing and can be released at any point. The Reds have been successful with these types of moves in the past, Gennett, Strailey (traded for Castillo), Simon (traded for Suarez). I could understand criticism if this was the only move made all winter long, but this move itself is insignificant in the big picture

      • WVRedlegs

        Lack of activity after all the talk. The only action so far this off season is a waiver pick up. Teams are getting better in the NL Central and the Reds are spinning their wheels.
        Scott looks like the LH reliever the Reds brought in last year, Kyle Crockett. I forget if Crockett was a waiver pick up or a minor league signing with a spring training invite. They need some LH relievers though. Not sure giving up a 40 man spot was the thing to do. The Reds had 4 open spots, presumably for 2 starting pitchers, one reliever, and one CF. If Scott is that reliever, then it is a disappointment. It doesn’t look to be a move that improves the 25 man roster however. But it might be more about depth at AAA.
        I don’t think there is a Mikolas type this year. The closest resembling one, the Rays have already signed in Merrill Kelly. He pitched in Korea the last 3-4 years. Kelly won’t duplicate what Mikolas did last year. But it was a decent to good signing for the Rays.

      • Bill

        The Cardinals got better, but it’s only a one year rental. No one else has done anything of significance. The Reds shouldn’t be making trades like that

      • greenmtred

        Take heart, WV: Williams says the Reds’ staff is very busy at the meetings. Busy doing what, is the question.

      • lwblogger2

        I’m of the same mind as you on the signing. No risk here. LHP are always going to get shots.

  2. CI3J

    He struggled with his control in a big way, walking five batters and hitting five more, while striking out eight.

    He’ll fit right in!

  3. Bob Purkey

    7 homers in 35 innings in one year, walking 5 and hitting 5 in 6 innings? Yikes. He should be great in GASP. Sounds like a Homer Baileyesque ERA in the making here!

  4. Scott C

    I do not get all the angst about the Reds not making a move at the winter meetings, they just started and run through Thursday. Then you have time after that to cement a deal. The pick up of Robby Scott looks like a decent move. He had a good 2017 with the big league club but only made 9 appearances in 2018. But was very good at the AAA level. Left handed relievers are not plentiful. So a waiver deal is a good move. Maybe it doesn’t work out but still not a bad move. If it does work out then it will be a Scooter-esque move.

    • Bob Purkey

      Not sure that I would call giving up 7 dingers in 35 innings as “a good 2017.”

      • Scott C

        Good is not the same as great, but it is serviceable a 3:79 ERA in 35 2/3 innings a 7.8/K per 9 and a 3.3 BB per 9 rates. Obviously if he was better than that the Red Sox would not have put him on waivers.

      • Bob Purkey

        Sorry Scott, I guess your definition of “good” is much different than mine, especially with the 2018 follow up with BB’s and HBP numbers.

        Guess I would have said “mediocre” or “average” at best!

  5. scotly50

    Well the Reds now have the pitcher they were after. Maybe some team will cut a centerfielder and the Reds will be ready for spring training !!!

    • DHud

      You’re right, the Reds absolutely should not look for potentially valuable assets for virtually no cost. Long shot waiver claims are obviously never capable of benefitting the team

      Never should’ve claimed Gennett, Strailey, or Simon. Here we go. Again

  6. Seat101

    I really don’t understand the disappointment and/or snark
    These Quotidien transaction sometimes pay off and sometimes they don’t but they are part and parcel of the off-season.

    I am impatient but I understand love slow and steady wins the race

    • Seat101

      And perhaps our new pitching coach is behind this move.

      Or, it’s just depth at AAA

      Scooter for Gray and a double a prospect

      • Colorado Red

        The Yanks requested Tyler for Gray. Good thing Dick said. NO

  7. WVRedlegs

    It is being reported that the Yankees wanted Taylor Trammell from the Reds for Sonny Gray. No wonder there has been very little activity on that front. Cashman must be delusional. 11 team’s have inquired and 11 team’s have probably walked away at that type of request.

    • DHud

      But I thought all this inactivity after so much talk was the Reds fault? Would you rather have them have accepted this deal just so you could feel happy that they made a trade?

      • WVRedlegs

        No Poindexter. What kind of simpleton remark is that? I am assuming nobody is wanting the Reds to make trades just for the simple reason of making trades. No real Reds fans at least.
        I don’t want them to make trades for the sake of making trades. I want the team to be improved upon. The 25 and 40 man rosters improved. We aren’t waiting just for the sake of trades. We are waiting to see what moves they make to make them better. Not much help is coming internally, so it has to be external help. Castellini has infamously promised to “get the pitching”. Now is the time to follow through on that promise, or declaration.
        Does getting Sonny Gray for Taylor Trammell make the Reds team better in 2019, 2020, and 2021? No, absolutely not. So why bother? Now if Taylor Trammell can be a part that brings in Kluber or Syndergaard, then that should at least be explored.
        Some people say that no prospects should be labeled as untouchable.
        FWIW, to me Trammell, Senzel, and Santillan should be untouchable, off the table. Unless it becomes a completely extraordinary situation.
        But those situations are as rare as Reds winning seasons are under Castellini’s ownership.

      • Scott C

        I agree totally. Those three are untouchable unless we get an elite player in return that is controllable for several years.

      • DHud

        Oh ok

        So the Reds are supposed to pull off blockbuster trades immediately on the first day of Winter Meetings without due diligence

        Got it

  8. Jay King

    Ok OK,, Everyone settle down its only day 1 of the meetings most teams are just starting to talk to other teams seriously now that the meetings are here. Trades take time and Free Agent signings do too. Sometimes is the player holding things up as well. If nothing else happens by the end of December then I am going to begin to have my doubts about this aggressive stance they are trying to dish out to fans.

    This really is a no risk pick up honestly and maybe they just needed some depth at AAA.

  9. luciusruber

    Like most of the fans here, I’m frustrated,wondering why the FO doesn’t make a quick,flashy move to show that they are serious about competing for the division/league/series. I stop and remind myself that that season doesn’t start for 4-5 months and a lot can happen in that time. I don’t think DW wants a losing team. I really believe we’re going in the right direction-I don’t expect a WS appearance next year-hang in there gang

  10. Old-school

    The Reds need more lefty pitchers. Pick up Cody Reed from the Dbacks in the rule 5 draft. He was left unprotected. That would be fun.

  11. cfd3000

    Significant upside, very little downside. This cost nothing and can be undone with ease. Posts imply that either a) this is all the Reds intend to do or worse b) this somehow prevents the Reds from making other acquisitions by trade or by signing free agents. Both are silly. So no harm no foul but wake me up when the important deals begin.

    • Bob Purkey

      I have no problem with the Reds picking this guy up. Certainly worth a look-see. I don’t worry about not making any moves yet – neither have 30 other teams.

      My only complaint is when people use the terms “good” or “great” these days. Way overblown with players who have had poor to average ML success in their past. . .

  12. Hanawi

    Put me in the camp that is fine with a cautious approach to this offseason. I don’t see the Reds contending in the Central next year, much less against Washington, Atlanta, LA, and maybe Philly next year. I don’t want to see the Reds dump all of this prospect capital.

    I’m happy with the Hamilton non-tender, and I’m excited to see them try to move on from Scooter. To me, these incremental moves this year are vital. I’d like to see them get a solid pitcher to help bridge some gaps, but I don’t know if throwing a bunch of money at Keuchel is the way to go. They still have a bunch of guys to try to find spots for or to decide to move on from.

    Next offseason, they should finally be in the position to push their chips in and try to compete. They started the rebuild two years too late, so it took longer. But, now they we’ve all suffered through those years, I’d hate to see that go to waste. Because they you may extend your losing for years longer.

  13. sanantonefan

    I think that we are all hoping for major action, but we have to be smart. Hopefully the Reds can make moves without saddling us with Homer-type payroll or sacrificing our minor league prospect depth. The Reds have to make smart signings/trades because we will never have the payroll of the Dodgers.

  14. Bill j

    What worries me is DW says they want to improve in 2019, but that’s what the said after 2017 and looked what happened. I would love to see the Reds be winners again, but at my age I might not have that much time.