In recent years the Cincinnati Reds have picked up a competitive balance pick after the 1st round. It’s led to the team being able to pick Taylor Trammell (2016) and Jeter Downs (2017). In next years draft the Reds will not be getting a pick after the 1st round. They will, however, pick up a pick after the 2nd round. The exact number of the pick isn’t finalized yet, but the Reds will pick 4th following the 2nd round.

There’s certainly value in that pick, but the difference between a pick in the 30’s and a pick in the 70’s is enormous. With the new collective bargaining agreement, the teams eligible for the competitive balance draft picks will alternate between picks after the 1st round and the 2nd round every year. That means that in the 2019 draft the Reds will get a pick after the 1st round.

Deck McGuire signs with the Blue Jays

Deck McGuire dominated during the 2017 season for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. In 168.0 innings he posted a 2.79 ERA against the Southern League. He also dominated in his lone playoff start for Pensacola, throwing 8.0 shutout innings with no walks and 13 strikeouts.

The performance earned the 28-year-old a call up to the Major Leagues with Cincinnati in September. After being selected in the 1st round of the 2010 Draft by Toronto, he worked his way through the minors, but was never able to bust through that Triple-A ceiling. 2017 was easily his best showing in Double-A – a level he’d played at every season since 2011. He was never promoted to Triple-A by Cincinnati. They did give him the chance to pitch in the big leagues, though, and in limited action he found success.

Deck McGuire made two starts and four more relief appearances. In that span he would throw 13.2 innings with a 2.63 ERA with one home run allowed. That also came along with just two walks and he would strike out 11 batters. After the season was complete, the team placed him on waivers and he cleared as no team was willing to add him to their 40-man roster. That led to him declaring free agency. While no one was willing to put him on the 40-man roster, apparently there were was a demand for his services as he quickly signed with the Blue Jays on a minor league deal for 2018 with an invitation to spring training.

Reds release Freeland, Constante

The Cincinnati Reds released two minor leaguers this past week. Jarrett Freeland, who had transitioned to a pitcher in 2016, but didn’t play in 2017, was let go. He played 1st base in 2014 for the Arizona League Reds, missed all of 2015 with injury and then pitched for the Arizona League Reds in 2016.

Jacob Constante, a left handed pitcher, was also released. He last pitched in 2016 for the Dayton Dragons. He missed the entire 2017 season due to injury.


20 Responses

  1. Josh

    Doug why did the Reds not sign Deck. I felt like he would atleast be a good bull pen piece for next year? Maybe I’m wrong what are your thoughts on it?

    • Doug Gray

      I have no insight, but there’s a possibility they made the same offer and he chose to go elsewhere. I thought he had a chance to be a useful bullpen piece, myself. But, on the depth chart, he’s buried. And it seems every team in MLB agrees with that since they will all have about 20 or more guys on their 40-man entering spring training and he won’t be one of them.

  2. Bill

    Given that the picks are no longer assigned by lottery, do we have any insight as to how the Reds dropped in relative position if the formula is determined by factors such as winning percentage and revenues? We had a worse winning percentage than the Marlins, A’s and Rays–does this mean the Reds actually bring in more revenue than each of them?

  3. Hingle McCringleberry

    Its a shame we lost Deck. I think he had some upside even though he is 28 years old. I think the reds missed one. On another note, I was doing some reading on trade rumors and came across an interesting story about the red sox and what happened with that scandal they were involved in involving international picks. I t makes me think of the reds when they overpay for a guy like Alfredo Rodriguez. We all knew he wasn’t worth the money, but the little snippet of what the red sox were doing makes you say, hmmmm. Here it is:

    “The Red Sox found themselves in a scandal that cost them prospects in July 2016. Boston was forced to tear up the contracts of five international prospects that were deemed to have been acquired as part of a “package deals” system. In essence, the team overpaid marginal prospects whose trainers also represented more highly regarded young talents, with the trainers then funneling money to the superior prospect as a means of circumventing Boston’s spending limitations.” –

    Now we have not signed any major top top prospects , but man it makes you think why they paid Alfredo the money he wasnt worth. There’s a player of his caliber somewhere here in ohio. Im sure of it.

    • Doug Gray

      Joey Votto is in Ohio, so yeah, there’s definitely a player of his caliber in Ohio.

      But there’s a huge difference between what Boston was doing and just “overpaying”. The Red Sox were signing guys who were believed to be high 6-figure guys for $300K left and right. Top 25 caliber prospects on the market were signing for the same price as guys in the 75 range. It was shady from the start and, well, now we know why those guys were signing with them. It would be like the Reds signing, somehow, a Top 20 international guy this year despite having an inability to sign them to fair-market deals.

      In the case of Alfredo Rodriguez, I think, though they will never admit to it, that they paid him an extra million to wait to sign until the 2016/17 period. We started hearing they agreed to a deal seven months before he actually signed. I’ll never buy that they didn’t pay him extra to wait to sign so that they could go “all in” in the final signing period without true restriction.

    • wes

      I thought Deck was gonna have a chance in cracking rotation/bullpen this season and I was WAY higher on him apparently than anyone in baseball was. All 30 teams passed on this guy at age 28. So all 30 teams believe he doesn’t have what it takes. Hard to question Reds here…..

  4. HavaKlu

    Releasing Jacob Constante who was signed for $730,000 continues the Reds abysmal record of signing Latin players ( Cubans excluded ) for high bonuses who haven’t succeeded.
    Yormin Rodriguez——2.5 mil
    Juan Duran—————2 mil
    Jonathan Perez———-825,000
    Ismael Guillion———-600,000
    Gabriel Rosa————-500,000
    Willie Jo Ronda———-440,000
    Despite what would assume have been intensified scouting in Latin America, Johnny Cueto is the only really significant player originally signed by the Reds from a Latin American country, other than Cuba, in the last 20 years.

    • Wes

      Cuato will make over 3x all those bonuses combined this season alone. It’s more about striking gold than scouting and signing imo. If Alford, Garcia, and Vlad are all busts reds wasted 20 some mil compare to if they sign cozart 3 for 40 and it’s a bad contract that’s way worse for organization.

      I don’t expect reds to manage as well as Yankees or dodgers- don’t really fault them too much for catching on to late before the change. You get way more bang for your buck in controllable years vs signing free agents. Sign as many as you can every time you can!

    • Doug Gray

      The Reds have been a little worse than others, but most teams fail big time in the market. Just like most teams fail in the draft. Because 16 and 18-year-olds are very tough to project.

      The Reds signed Didi Gregorius out of Curacao. He has to count as significant.

      Lesser guys, but ones with big league careers that aren’t throw aways: Ronald Torreyes, Miguel Rojas.

      I think that in ten years we will look back and see a few more names added.

  5. Arnold Ziffle

    Vey disappointed in the Deck McGuire news. I was looking for him to be in spring training and nab a bullpen job.
    Just maybe, McGuire can be the Reds 2018 spring training waiver pick up, a la Straily and Scooter.

  6. Arnold Ziffle

    Do you still get $$$ if we go to Amazon thru your portal? Internet Christmas shopping begins this weekend for me and I have a few things to order with them. If it still benefits you, that is the way I want to go. Thanks.

    • Doug Gray

      I do. I’ve made a whole $13 this month from it.

      I’ll keep it up through Christmas, but it’s probably going to be replaced after that. It just isn’t working out nearly as much as I had hoped. The good news is, I’ve been working with a company that may be picking up advertising at the start of 2018.

      • Joe

        Doug, I wasn’t aware you made money through amazon this way. You might have made a few more dollars this past month if I did.

        Aside from donating to your site (which I am) how else can we help?

        Maybe ive over looked it but do you have a “support” link that describes all the ways we can help?

      • Doug Gray

        You can sign up through Patreon – you can set it up to pay whatever amount you want per month. That’s the only other way besides the donation button.

  7. AustinRed

    I don’t see an option to pay for a whole year up front on Paetron. It’s easier for me to pay up front. I will be more than happy to support the site, is there any way this can be done?

  8. Greenfield Red

    If I understand correctly, the Reds will pick #5, #44, #73, #80. Is that correct?

    • Doug Gray

      No. We will have to wait until after free agency is over to be certain where the Reds will pick beyond #5. Depending on the signings it can push back the rest of those picks.