Not only is it free agency season in the Major Leagues, but also in the Minor Leagues. For the Cincinnati Reds, 16 of their minor leaguers have elected to become free agents. Here’s the list:

  • Arismendy Alcantara | Infielder / Outfielder
  • Adam Brett-Walker | Outfielder
  • Geoff Broussard | Right handed pitcher
  • Alejandro Chacin | Right handed pitcher
  • Jose Duarte | Catcher
  • Carlos Gonzalez | Right handed pitcher
  • Ismael Guillon | Left handed pitcher
  • Angelo Gumbs | Infielder / Outfielder
  • Hernan Iribarren | Infielder / Outfielder / Best 50 MPH eephus pitcher
  • Vin Mazzaro | Right handed pitcher
  • Nefi Ogando | Right handed pitcher
  • Juan Perez | Infielder
  • Jonathan Reynoso | Outfielder
  • Austin Ross | Right handed pitcher
  • Robert Stock | Right handed pitcher
  • Domingo Tapia | Right handed pitcher

There are some interesting names here. Alejandro Chacin spent some time with the Reds this season and has dominated every level of the Minor Leagues. Ismael Guillon has always been an intriguing left handed pitcher, one of the few the organization has had over the last few seasons. Juan Perez had Tommy John surgery this year, but could have arguably been a Triple-A option as a backup middle infielder for 2018 if he were back to full strength. Robert Stock showed off a live arm, throwing 94-98 during the year for Daytona and Pensacola.

The Reds could re-sign any of these players, but they have chosen to test the free agent waters first. Free agency is the first time that some of these guys have a chance to actually make any sort of real money. While players in Triple-A get paid a livable wage during the season, they generally make a lot more once they reach free agency and can negotiate deals instead of just getting the pre-determined Triple-A salary.

Baseball America has up the list of every player who elected free agency in the minors. The Reds will certainly be browsing the list and looking to fill holes from there. The target of choice, from my perspective, must be Triple-A middle infielders. Losing both Zach Vincej and Juan Perez leaves a massive gap at the highest level in the minors. As things sit, it seems that only Alex Blandino is a true middle infielder that is pegged for Triple-A in 2018 to start the year, and he’s not a guy you’d like at shortstop every day in the Majors.

21 Responses

  1. Krozley

    Kivlehan and McGuire also elected free agency, but I think they are considered major league free agents. They also released some minor league players, most notably Nick Routt and MKs favorite catcher, Mitch Trees. They also signed Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league deal for bullpen depth. He was serviceable before last year and hopefully he can return to being effective.

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  2. The Duke

    I’m a little surprised Perez and Gumbs elected free agency, both would be in line to get solid playing time in AAA for the Bats. Perhaps they think they can get more money on a better minor league deal, which I would understand. If you can get someone to give you $50k-$75k on a minor league deal, it’d make a big difference to these guys. The odds are not in their favor though as most bigger minor league deals go to players with MLB experience.

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  3. Colorado Red

    Any SS out there look interesting.
    Ronny Rodriguez might look interesting. Hit 291 with 17 HRs in AAA.

    Thoughts?

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    • Doug Gray

      Definitely an interesting option. Don’t like the strikeout-to-walk ratio, but the power and ability to play shortstop seem nice. On a minor league deal, I’m on board unless the scouts have something on him that I don’t see.

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      • HavaKlu

        I also like Ronny Rodriguez as he can play multiple positions. And the Reds could do worse than resurrecting Ivan DeJesus Jr. who hit .345 at AAA this year.
        For left handed relief I like Matt Purke and Dario Alvarez

  4. Steve

    Thought Rob Wooten would also be on that list. A few names that will be missed.

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    • Krozley

      Wooten already re-signed a minor league deal with the Reds, thus avoiding free agency.

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    • camisadelgolf

      Dixon is still in the organization and won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season (or if he is released before then).

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  5. MK

    Interesting names on the BA list. A lot of ex-Reds and former 1st round picks from others.

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  6. Ukwazoo

    Feel bad for Iribarren. He just hits and hits and doesn’t get a shot. Should have been above Alcantara off the bench.

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