With the Boston Red Sox crowned as the new World Champs, teams can now start to focus on the 2014 season and that's what the Cincinnati Reds did with a series of roster moves Thursday.
The Reds started by adding reliever Pedro Beato to the 40 man roster. Beato was placed on waivers by Boston and only appeared in ten games this season with the Red Sox and 34 games in Triple-A Pawtuckett. He finished the season with a 1-1 record and a 3.60 ERA and is a lifetime 4-2 with a 4.55 ERA in 81 games with the Red Sox and Mets.
To make room, the Reds optioned Corky Miller and Greg Reynolds to Louisville, but both players elected to become free agents instead. The 37-year-old Miller has been a mentor to the young pitching staff and catcher Devin Mesoraco. He also added eight RBI on just nine hits (5 doubles) in 17 at bats. It was his first playing time at the MLB level since 2010.
Reynolds made five starts and six appearances to fill the void left by Tony Cingrani when he missed time due to injury. He was 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA, but in his one victory he went eight innings over his former team (Colorado). In fact Reynolds had not pitched since 2011 when he was with the Rockies going 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA.
Cincinnati will now shift its focus to dealing with Bronson Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo. Both are expected to become free agents with the price tag on Choo being 14.1 million at the very least. Arroyo turns 37 next February and may be booted from the rotation by Cingrani to go alongside Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. Last year Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA and made over 16 million.