The Cincinnati Reds have made a cornucopia of roster moves today, with the biggest one being that they’ve signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a Major League deal. That was hardly the only move, though. Curt Casali was played on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee. Kyle Farmer was placed on the 7-day concussion list. And David Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder fatigue.  The team also recalled Josh VanMeter from Triple-A to help fill out the bench, as well as right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims, who seems likely to help fill out the bullpen for the time being. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Reyes was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Lavarnway.

Let’s get back to Ryan Lavarnway. He was signed given the problems the Reds are having at catcher right now. They have three catchers on the injured/concussion list with Tucker Barnhart joining the previously mentioned options there. Juan Graterol just came up from Triple-A Louisville to fill one of the spots the other day. Rather than go with internal options of either Stuart Turner or Chad Tromp in Triple-A, the Reds chose to sign big league veteran Lavarnway.

In 2019 the 31-year-old Ryan Lavarnway had played in 35 games for the Yankees Triple-A team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit .213/.333/.315 in that span. He played in six games at the Major League level in both 2017 and 2018. Across seven seasons he’s played in 146 games at the big league level, though only once has he gotten more than 100 at-bats in a season – back in 2012 with the Boston Red Sox. He’s a career .208/.268/.326 hitters over his 426 Major League plate appearances.

Coming back up

Josh VanMeter and Lucas Sims are coming back up from Triple-A. In Louisville this season Sims has posted a 4.56 ERA in 79.0 innings pitched with 36 walks and 102 strikeouts for the Bats. VanMeter has continued to destroy the baseball since he was sent back a few weeks ago and is hitting .348/.429/.669 in his 211 Triple-A appearances this year.

30 Responses

  1. Robert Meyer

    You have to think they are working hard on finding a trade partner to get a catcher.
    I wonder if the Giants would part with Posey?

    • RedAlert

      Mahle is lucky he’s not the one going to AAA – he certainly deserves it

    • David

      I want what you are smoking. Sounds great!

      And maybe we can get Mike Trout from the Angels, too!

    • Michael E

      In case you haven’t noticed, Posey is less than mediocre, has been that way for a couple of years now and isn’t getting any younger. We should only want him if the price is pretty cheap (no top 3 or 4 prospects lets say).

  2. matthew hendley

    He was released at 11 this morning…. that must have been set up before hand.

    OK so genuinely hurt people (farmer, Casali) have been replaced, at least in theory hopefully farmer is back soon.

    Hernandez is internally replaced by Sims. That is an upgrade at current. SIms could also be expected to multi inning effectively. I see a chance for Bowman to pick up the slack for Hernandez and Sims moving into Bowman’s spot in usage.

    I am sure RLN is please JVMR is also back up again. Should try to get him into some catching gear.
    Isn’t this Reyes second DFA?

    • Big Ed

      Maybe it was a courtesy-type thing, where the Yankees really didn’t figure to use him, but wanted to give him a chance to get on a MLB team.

      • Jim Walker

        Or he had an out written into his contract and exercised it. Also guessing it is a one way deal so he will get the MLB minimum (at least) prorated over the rest of the season even if he is outrighted or released in a week or 2. If my electronic table cloth math is correct that is just a bit shy of a quarter of million for 2.5 months work max.

  3. Tom Mitsoff

    Interesting that they just signed Ciuffo after the Rays let him go, and they didn’t promote him from Class AA.

    • Doug Gray

      He’s recovering from surgery. He won’t be ready to play for at least a few more weeks.

  4. Curt

    The Rockies GM Jeff Bridich on where the Rockies are at, and bear in mind they are AHEAD of the Reds in wild card race. Also check out the 3rd or 4th comment by “seksecks” regarding teams in the chase.

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/07/jeff-bridich-rockies-playing-really-bad-baseball.html

    I wish Dick and Nick could open up to the press and fans like this. Why not? We can all see what’s going on. What we tend to get is half-answers, comments or crickets. It’s sooo mysterious (eyeroll).

    (As I don’t live in Cincy it’s possible I miss things but my hunch is I don’t)

    • matthew hendley

      Its a wake up call to the their team. Which yes is effective on occasion,

      As far as that Seks comments, yea, a primary NLW fan says some stuff, gets knocked around in the following comments. In reality, the only thing his post is right about is that teams are confused about what to do, which is trying to tank without looking like they are trying to tank….which is why the rule was in place in the first place.

      And they really hate the Ian Desmond signing for some reason

    • Klugo

      I’m convince that Nick Krall, with all of his strengths(whatever they may be; and to have his job, there must be some), should really leave the talking to someone else. He usually sounds like he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Reminds me of the saying: “Better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. ” In my opinion, he either doesn’t know baseball or doesn’t know how to communicate thoughts effectively. I suppose in today’s baseball, you can get away with both as a GM.

      • Pete

        Quite the endorsement, oh boy. How long has he been in his position? It’s been my experience people who sound like idiots generally are.

      • Curt

        @Klugo: ha! I get the same impression from Krall. I always think, this is the guy in charge? Okie dokie

  5. Don

    I really hope Casali and Farmer heal quickly and no long lasting effects. Concussions are scary.

    Seeing the starting lineups will be interesting for the next 7 days.

    Senzel and DD both not in line up for tonight’s game.

    Winker starting in CF, Ervin LF, Gennett 2B and Iglesias SS.

    • matthew hendley

      rest day for both, waiting for the obligatory they are avalible off the bench comment from Bell

  6. Linkster

    Why don’t they swing a deal for Lugo and Ramos from the Mets. The Mets are going nowhere this year and are looking to deal. Lugo is a solid reliever and Ramos is solid behind the plate and with the bat. Both are under team control.

  7. matthew hendley

    Twins have DFA’d Former Red trade return, Matt Migill could be worth a waiver claim.

    Being paid League min: Option Herget to AAA and put him in a role where he actually pitches there. DFA Schebler (who will clear waivers). Could work as a back end piece.

  8. Klugo

    Cornicopia?? Does that mean these guys were playing in a fantasy land that breeds unicorns? I dont understand.

    • Doug Gray

      They eat copious amounts of corn. What’s not to understand?

  9. Old-school

    The Reds have an Ivy league battery with Bowman ( Princeton) and lavarnway ( Yale). Maybe they won’t need signs.

  10. Bill J

    Seen an article wondered if the Reds would trade Castillo to Atlanta for Kyle Wright, Cristiano Pacheco & Drew Waters.

  11. TNick

    The Reds are always late to the party they need to be proactive communicate with other teams be productive in leveraging a trade for a power hitting McCann for catcher,trade for a veteran player like Bret Gardner from New York Reds have not had winning baseball for so long bring some guys here with proven winning experience in the MLB. All successful winning teams have a mix of vets and rookies! The reds have no players that have been in the dog fight and made the playoffs in the last few years that were on successful winning playoff teams! Find some Peace Nick Reds4life Lets make deals happen. Bell needs to get players that can bunt runners over especially runners on first and second no outs lets Parasa swing into a double play the other night wtf dude appears to sleep on making the right decision;s when needed! 5 years in last place reds wake up get active to the right mix in front office coaches players by going after the good one’s on winning teams that are proven winner’s! 150 yrs in MLB learn from our leaders the Big Red Machine Player’s they no what it takes to win it all!

  12. Lawrence Turner

    The Reds should be sellers. The party is over for this year. If the Reds do not have the payroll to sign the likes of Puig, Bennett, and Roark, then even if they must shed payroll and see what AAA call ups might do its better than nothing.

    If Schebler can find his grove he may still fit as a corner outfielder. There are Bats on the Bats that need a good look at the major level.

    Its must over for 2019

  13. Martino

    I thought Lavarnway did everything imaginable to endear himself with Reds fans his first game with the club. Since then, however he’s been OK.. Lucky guy I guess.. a few million bucks to play cardboard cutout of a catcher. How does one find such gigs?

    • Pete

      Well for starters you’re willing to take 100-mph baseballs off the face mask. I would imagine this rules out 99.9995% of the general population.