Asher Wojciechowski has elected free agency. He was designated for assignment after the season and outrighted to Triple-A. Wojciechowski entered the 2017 season off of the radar for nearly all Cincinnati Reds fans. He was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks at the end of spring training. It was another three weeks before he would sign with the Reds on April 21st.

He was inserted immediately into the Louisville Bats rotation and made five starts, posting a 1.40 ERA in that span. On May 20th, less than a month after signing a minor league deal, he was called up to the Major Leagues. For the next month he would split time starting and relieving for the Reds, having some success and struggles along the way. In late June he returned to the minors for three games.

When July rolled back around, Asher Wojciechowski returned to the Majors with the Reds and didn’t go back down. The right hander pitched quite well against everyone with the exception of the Chicago Cubs. In three games against Chicago, Wojciechowski posted an ERA of 18.68. Against all other Major League teams from July through the end of the year his ERA was 3.06. Overall against every other team for the full Major League season his ERA was 4.55. The Cubs just really had their way with him in three outings.

Scott Van Slyke also elected to become a free agent

Scott Van Slyke, who joined the Reds organization via trade at the end of July when the organization sent Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers, also elected free agency. Van Slyke was seemingly included in the trade to balance out salary in the deal. Catcher Hendrik Clementina was viewed as the main piece in that trade coming back to the Reds.

After joining the organization, Scott Van Slyke went to Triple-A Louisville. He played in just a handful of games for the Bats. He hit .146 over the span of 15 games and 57 plate appearances in the final five weeks of the season.

7 Responses

  1. Bill

    What’s the strategy behind holding on to some of the more fringe players currently on the Red’s 40-man roster vs. cleaning house at the end of the season? I would think non-playoff teams would want to do this at the start of the playoffs when the playoffs team have the least flexibility to add a DFA player.

    I understand waiting to add players until just before the Rule 5 deadline maximizes decision space on evaluating prospective additions. Does waiting implact players ability to declare as minor league free agents?

    • MK

      I have always kinda wondered if the agents have done some negotiating before they make these decisions , so they have something in their back pockets.

    • Doug Gray

      No, waiting does not come into play with guys choosing free agency.

  2. Gaffer

    How would Asher get a better opportunity than on this awful pitching staff?

    • Doug Gray

      On a team with a whole lot less depth in Triple-A is likely to give him a better opportunity of getting back to the Majors. On the 2018 Reds depth chart, he’s what, 11th on the starting pitchers chart at best? In the bullpen, he’s probably about the same. Those odds aren’t great.

  3. CP

    I thought he had an outside shot at longman/swingman in the Reds bullpen next year, but I can understand his desire to look elsewhere.