The Cincinnati Reds just claimed utility player Jake Elmore from the Oakland Athletics and have designated RHP Nick Christiani for assignment.

Nick Christiani had a 5.54 ERA in 13.0 innings with the Reds this season and posted a 7.71 ERA in 18.2 innings with Louisville in 2014, though he’s really only struggled in the four outings leading up to his being sent to the disabled list, where he had an ERA of 15.88 in 5.2 innings. He hasn’t pitched since July 6th.

Jake Elmore has spent small parts of two seasons in the big leagues, totaling 82 games and 209 plate appearances with a .223/.290/.298 line to go with 18 walks and 26 strikeouts. In Triple-A Sacramento this season he has hit .282/.374/.365 with 15 doubles, no triples or homers, 27 walks and 26 strikeouts in 211 plate appearances.

Elmore is a 27-year-old, former 34th round draft pick of the Diamondbacks. He 5′ 9″ and 185 lbs, doesn’t hit for any power, but has seemed to carry a solid average through the minor leagues and walks more than he strikes out for his career. Defensively, he has played pretty much everywhere on the field, including pitching and catcher. The majority of his time has been spent at second base, with shortstop being the second most played position and then small amounts of playing time in the outfield and third base, with one game played at catcher.

The Reds will send Elmore to Triple-A Louisville to play with the Bats.

6 Responses

  1. JMO

    In 2012 for Arizona’s AAA club Elmore hit .344 1 HR 73 RBI 32 SB.Very versatile. Good pick up. I hope Carp is next.

  2. MK

    On paper doesn’t seem like much of a move. A pitcher who made the mlb team out of Spring Training for a AAA middle infielder. To paraphrase the movie Christmas Story the Bats are a “whole d**n team of utility infielders”.

    • Alan Horn

      Amen. I don’t remember when the AAA team has had so few prospects. Maybe back in the Marge Schott years. This team desperately needs someone who can hit and also stay on the field(avoid injury).

      • Doug Gray

        I’ve seen the Bats have fewer prospects than what they have now. The 2008 Louisville Bats had Adam Rosales as their only offensive prospect once Jay Bruce left in May. There were a few pitchers on the roster of note though. The current team may not have the star power of a Bruce/Bailey combo, but in terms of sheer number of actual prospects, the 2014 team easily tops the 2008 Bats and that was the one just popped into my head and I checked out.

    • Dale Pearl

      despite your negativity this is a good swap. We picked up a better player than we had and didn’t cost us a dime.

  3. Dale Pearl

    One of the problems the Reds have is that the the big league club doesn’t appear to be willing to give AAA class players any regular playing time. Instead the utility guys such as Heisey, Ludwick, Santiago and Schumaker eat up the vast majority of playing time. The two bats called up from AAA Lutz and Negron seldom see the light of day. When the big club is struggling so badly with offense I don’t understand why they are not giving the AAA guys more play time.