The Cincinnati Reds sign three players to minor league deals Doug Gray February 1, 2014 7 Comments The latest transactions are listed by Baseball America are out and three of the four Reds signings are ones that haven’t been reported. The fourth was of Chris Nelson, which was covered earlier. The other three signings were of infielder/outfielder Jamodrick McGruder, catcher Bryan Anderson and right handed pitcher Edgar Gonzalez. Jamodrick McGruder is a 22-year-old 9th round draft pick that was just released by the Seattle Mariners. He has spent the most time at second base where he has 47 games played. He has spent 40 games in left. Then he has spent 7 games in center and one game at third base. He struggled in his first season hitting .237/.353/.281 in short-season Everett. He did walk 39 times against just 37 strikeouts and added 30 steals. He returned to Everett in 2013 and took no prisoners in 21 games as he hit .328/.494/.508 with 14 walks and 13 strikeouts. He stole 7 bases but he was caught 4 times after going 30 for 35 the year before. His quick start got him promoted to the Midwest League where he played 30 games with Clinton. He struggled mightily, hitting just .145/.265/.145, but he did show his speed and plate discipline off once again. McGruder is an interesting signing who has very good speed and good defense at second base to go with plate discipline. Bryan Anderson is a 27-year-old catcher who has limited Major League time with the Cardinals and White Sox over the past four years where he has hit .210/.265/.274 in 68 plate appearances. Since 2008 he has spent time either in Triple-A or the Major Leagues. In 2010 and 2011 he hit .270 and .281 at the Triple-A level, but hit just .225 and .224 each of the last two seasons. The former 4th rounder (2005) was once ranked the 85th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Since 2009 he has topped the 30% caught stealing mark just once, in 2010 when he threw out 31% of opposing runners. He has cut down on the amount of passed balls since the early part of his career. Edgar Gonzalez has spent parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues but has only topped 50 innings twice in his career, back in 2007 and 2009. He boasts a career 5.92 ERA in 368 Major League innings. In 2013 he saw limited action with Houston and Toronto where he saw 18 innings with a 7.50 ERA over 8 games. In 2012 he posted a 5.04 ERA with the Astros in 25 innings over the course of 6 starts. Historically he is much better against right handers than left handers at the big league level, though even right handers have a career .282/.334/.453 line against him. 7 Responses AWA85 February 1, 2014 Any chance Bonifacio is next or did we miss that chance by going down the Nelson route? MK February 1, 2014 Seems like organizational fillers. Jon February 1, 2014 McGruder does take a lot of walks! He has a minor league total batting average of .232, but a .359 obp. (in 483 plate appearances over 2 years). Not great defensively, but certainly worth a chance. At 22, there’s still time to develop some more. Mauired February 1, 2014 Bonifacio would be great. Not only backup shortstop and backup at 2nd 3rd and OF. But he could assume Billy Hamiltons role as designated late inning pinch runner. Hamilton pribably came in and win 3-5 games in September just by pinch running, stealing a bag, and scoring on a hit. Bonafacio doesn’t have Hamilton’s speed but he can fly. MK February 2, 2014 Who would have thought in 2002 when he struggled big time with the Reds that Bruce Chen would be still be starting in the big leagues in 2014. Bonifacio was scheduled to make $3.5 million. If the Reds would trade for him in the next ten days they would not only give up a player but need to pay him as well. And only have one year of control. Not sure what his contract would be if he becomes a free agent. Not sure Reds would pay $3.5 million for a utility guy. Mauired February 3, 2014 Yeah they could only pick him up as a free agent, but he definitely worth a major league deal. Much better fit than and more to offer than all these guys the Reds are signing to minor league deals MK February 3, 2014 MLB Network reporting The General is on the trade block. After thought: Is the term trade block an old slave trade term and is that even politically correct any more?