The Cincinnati Reds claimed left handed pitcher Kyle Crockett on waivers last week. He was subsequently non-tendered a few days later, becoming a free agent. The transaction cost the team $20,000 to make, but it did give them time to talk with him exclusively. That apparently worked out for the Reds, as today they re-signed Crockett to a minor league deal for 2018. It also includes an invitation to spring training, as first reported by Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

As noted yesterday, if the Reds were to re-sign Kyle Crockett to a Minor League deal, the $20,000 claim fee would have been worth it. It allowed them time to talk with him when other teams couldn’t. They made their sales pitch and it worked.

While he’s no longer on the 40-man roster, he could be competing for a spot in spring training. He’s had plenty of success in Triple-A. Last year he posted a 3.38 ERA for Columbus while with the Indians. There were some big splits when looking at his 2017, and they showed up last year, too.  Against lefties he was dominant, holding them to a .196/.266/.258 line in 110 plate appearances. Perhaps a role as a LOOGY could be up for grabs, especially if the team would like to use Wandy Peralta as more of a full-inning reliever.

11 Responses

  1. RFM

    Good move. I don’t think he’s valuable enough to hold a 40 man roster spot, but he certainly deserves a minor league contract and the chance to make the team.

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  2. Krozley

    Kind of a shrewd plan that worked out nicely. I would think many free agent relief pitchers in a similar situation might prefer the Reds given the number of potential bullpen spots that need filled. Four signed so far, three of which are lefties.

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    • CP

      Shrewd indeed. DW is starting to leave a trail of those in his wake. It’s still early, but I’m hopefull that he is proving to be a pretty good lead to the FO.

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    • Andrew

      Yea I would suspect so – but that said I suspect they only do that if they have a trade partner for the pick like they did last year. Otherwise i bet one pick

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    • Colorado Red

      I would think so, depending on who is out there.
      No reason to leave a spot open on the 40 man.

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  3. MK

    They have some options for those left-handed bullpen spots. Indians rushed Crockett to big leagues. Hopefully the extra time has paid off. Reed, Payano and McKirahan will compete for one or two spots also.

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  4. 44Reds

    Can anyone else confirm the statement about Garrett being moved to the pen? That is the first I’ve heard of it.

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