The Cincinnati Reds made an interesting roster move this morning. They recalled right handed pitcher Nick Travieso to the 25-man roster, then added him to the 60-day disabled list. Several readers have commented on this in another article, so I will try to explain how and why the team did this.

Players can only be added to the 60-day disabled list if they are Major Leaguers. Players in the minor leagues can’t be added to the 60-day disabled list. The Reds needed to create an additional 40-man roster spot. With Patrick Kivlehan making the team, he needed to be added. Rather than placing someone on waivers, the team recalled Nick Travieso to the big league club (he was optioned to the minors early in spring training before ever pitching) and then moved him to the 60-day disabled list.

Travieso hasn’t pitched this spring as he’s been dealing with shoulder inflammation. Where this gets interesting, and could be a smart move for the Reds, is how this could all play out. The move does two things for Nick Travieso. He gets big league pay while he’s on the 60-day disabled list, much like Yorman Rodriguez last year. He will also accrue service time while on the disabled list.

When it comes time to rehab, Nick Travieso will get 30 days of minor league rehab to work with. That could give the Reds additional time to decide on a 40-man roster move when he is healthy. The team apparently doesn’t want to risk losing anyone on their current roster. Having that extra time could be a big deal for them when it comes to evaluating everyone when decision time comes.

It’s a move that surprised me. I would have bet a whole lot of money that the team simply would have placed someone on waivers instead of making a 60-day disabled list move on a minor leaguer to create a roster spot. Between the financial situation (a player on a league minimum salary makes over $80,000 a month while on the big league roster) and the service time situation it doesn’t seem like a move the Reds would have made in the past (the Rodriguez move isn’t the same – he was still on the active roster at the end of spring when he got injured).

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9 Responses

  1. Norwood Nate

    If they add Arroyo they’ll have to make room for another roster spot. Maybe that went into this thinking. They’re ok with DFA’ing one guy, but liked their other guys enough to keep them around.

    Still, between Ogando, Bonilla, and Adelman I would have thought a DFA would be more likely. Does this mean that Travieso will no longer be a rookie and no longer eligible for prospect lists? If I recall, isn’t it like 45 days on the MLB roster before they lose eligibility?

    • MK

      Not sure Ogando can be DFAed at this time as he is currently on the DL.

  2. BillyMcCool

    Doug, please tell me if I did the math correctly. MLB minimum is now $535,000—-that works out to $2,923.50 per day——times 30 days equals $87,705—–So Travieso is going to collect $175,410 while being on the 60-day DL.

    Is my math correct?

    • Doug Gray

      I didn’t bust out my calculator, but that sounds about right.

  3. DHud

    A nice little bonus for the guy thanks to some procedural tight roping

  4. Sean Lahman

    Right now, the Reds have 23 pitchers on the 40-man, plus Bailey and Travieso, plus Arroyo who’s likely to be added next weekend. That’s probably unsustainable. There just aren’t enough innings for all of those guys. It’s great to stock pile arms but at some point you have to make some decisions.

    Doug, who gets dropped from the 40-man when Bronson gets activated? Tim Adleman?

    • Doug Gray

      Well, I would have said Ogando would be the choice, but now that he’s also on the disabled list, I’m not sure he’s the guy. Tim Adleman is probably the next guy on the list.

      I’d agree that the 40-man is going to have to change the ratio of pitchers to position players soon. There’s just not a good enough balance for the long haul to keep it working.

      • Doug Gray

        I’ll also add that it wouldn’t be shocking if Bonilla were the guy, either. But I think it’s got to be one of those three guys.

      • Bill

        Do you think the Reds might be planning to transfer DeSclafani to the 60-day DL? I noticed they didn’t back date his DL date like they did the other players and 60-day DL players can’t be backdated prior to the start of the season.