The Minnesota Twins have placed reliever JT Chargois on outright waivers. The right handed reliever missed nearly all of the 2017 season with a stress reaction in his elbow. He threw just 2.2 innings for Triple-A Rochester last season.

It’s not the first time that JT Chargois has had injury problems. He was drafted in 2012 by the Twins and pitched well in limited action that summer. But he would then miss the entire 2013 and 2014 seasons before returning in 2015 after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Since returning, he’s dominated in the Minor Leagues when he’s been on the mound, posting a 1.91 ERA in 113.1 innings with 44 walks and 132 strikeouts.

In the 2016 season he reached the Major Leagues with the Twins, but was inconsistent. In 23 games JT Chargois posted a 4.70 ERA with 12 walks and 17 strikeouts. When he’s on top of his game, he sits in the upper 90’s with his fastball and touches 100. The right hander also has a hard slider in the upper 80’s with good movement. Every so often he will also bring out a change up.

Should the Reds take a chance on JT Chargois?

The arm on JT Chargois is legit. But his max effort mechanics have lead to concerns for a while, and they’ve led to multiple injuries along the way. After missing nearly all of the 2017 season, there’s still some questions about where he’s at and how he will move forward. Still, the upside if pretty high. Would it make sense for the Reds to take a chance to pick him up and hope he can be healthy? If he’s not you could place him on the 60-day DL, or you could even try to outright him and sneak him through waivers.

29 Responses

  1. Hunt4redsoct

    I say yes, move Davis to the 60, use Spring Training to see where Chargois is at. Can 60day dl or DFA him and try to sneak him to the minors at that point to open any spots needed on the 40 man.

    • MK

      It’s not like the Twins are so stockpiled with pitchers that they could afford to give up on someone that might be of help. Got to be more to it

      • MuddyCleats

        Agree, Reds have all the injured pitchers they need. Should have considered adding Travis Wood or Derek Holland. Both have been successful @ ML level and signed w/ other teams on Minor League deals

  2. AirborneJayJay

    Yes definitely. There was an update on mlbtr that said he was actually placed on waivers Wednesday, so sometime this afternoon it will be known if somebody claimed him.
    The 2016 season when he was promoted to the Twins he started out a little rough. But pitched well the final month of the season. It depends really on what went wrong with his elbow in 2017.
    I’d say it would definitely be worth a claim. But who do the Reds drop from their 40 man to make the claim? Former Twin Stuart Turner maybe?

    • asinghoff

      Who’s playing catcher if you cut Turner and either Barnhart or Mesoraco go down? You prepared to bring up Tony Cruz as your backup?

      • MuddyCleats

        Williams final makes a move that can help the team buy trading for J.T. Realmuto! Use one of our RHH catchers and prospect(s) to make it work. Might even consider adding Barraclough in the deal? No doubt it would take a lot, but it would also help the Reds improve. Our young catchers have hit a wall it seems, Realmuto carries a 3.5 WAR & Barraclough is an excellent power arm @ an affordable price. Marlins R willing to deal and get younger.

  3. Bill

    I don’t feel like I have enough info to have a strong opinion. My guess is that he is hurt and the Twins are looking to avoid paying one year’s major league minimum salary to an injured player like they would have to if he spent the 2018 season on the 60-day DL. With his injury history, I’m not sure the Reds should spend the money to carry him either.

    • Wes

      Yeah I’m w you. Or if he’s healthy- why did they cut him in first place ?

  4. Colorado Red

    I say, yes claim him. I like the 80 fastball.
    Move Rookie Davis to the 60 day DL (as said above)
    And see what he has got.
    If still injured move him to the 60.
    can always try to slip him through waivers just before the season.

  5. The Duke

    Why not take a look? Now might be the best time to sneak Aristides Aquino through waivers. He isn’t close to MLB ready at this point. Looking at our 40 man roster, it’s finally at a point where the dead weight isn’t painfully obvious.

  6. Clammy

    I posted this on the previous thread when somebody brought it up. It makes more sense on this thread.

    mlb.com had him at the Twins #7 prospect in 2016; moved him down to #21 in 2017. http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=min

    Change the year in the link above to see the 2017 scouting report; summary of skills

    • Colorado Red

      The min top 30 is now out for 2018.
      He is not #24 best prospect in the system.
      Pickup a lotto ticket for very little.
      Nice find

  7. Kap

    Sure I’m in, as long as it’s as a reliever. We have enough rotation candidates and he has injury concerns. Worked out for the Dodgers with Brandon Morrow. Give it a shot. If not, oh well

      • AirborneJayJay

        I read the Dodgers put Julio Urias on the 60 day DL.
        It wouldn’t surprise to see the Dodgers dfa him in a couple of weeks to try and sneak him through waivers again.

  8. RedsinWashSt

    Anyone else having trouble with MLB.TV, thought they on TV today.

  9. terry m

    Watching game on TV and Thom and Chris are in mid season form. Do they ever like to talk yak yak yak etc etc.

  10. MK

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Thom Brennaman would stop the worthless blabbing so we could at least know who was hitting. I knew Siri but he didn’t mention his name until he was going back to dugout after striking out. Didn’t know Mason Williams and didn’t find out who he was until he was standing on second with a double. Should have kept Kelch and replaced Thom with Jim Day.

    • Brennan

      It’d be nice if he knew his facts too. Several times today he’s been 100% wrong talking about some of the minor leaguers and even the major league players

      • MK

        He really does no homework on the minor league guys and speaks as though he is an expert. He talked about Mella as though he had followed his career from Day 1.

  11. Rich H

    Really hope Jose Siri is ok after crashing into the wall like that

    • MK

      Looked very similar to a play Griffey Jr. broke his wrist on in Seattle.

      • Doug Gray

        Griffey’s was very different. He was running much faster and his wrist bent a lot further. Initial report was on the thumb bending backwards and having the wind knocked out of him via C. Trent.