The Reds introduced this afternoon that they’ve launched the outfielder Shogo Akiyama. It appeared seemingly that Akiyama can be launched when the membership knowledgeable him over the weekend that he wouldn’t break camp on the lively roster as his contract gave him the best to refuse any minor league project.
The choice closes the ebook on a disappointing tenure in Cincinnati. Akiyama signed a three-year, $21 million contract through the 2019-20 offseason. Shifting from Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball to MLB through the 2020 season has undoubtedly been a problem, as the standard challenges of the brand new atmosphere have been exacerbated by the shortened schedule and pandemic protocols. Nonetheless, the Reds actually anticipated higher than the .224/.320/.274 line Akiyama has posted in 366 board appearances over the previous two years.
Due $8 million in 2022 beneath the phrases of that contract, Akiyama is a lock to clear launch waivers. Cincinnati will stay on the hook for that cash, minus league minimal wage if the 33-year-old catches up with one other MLB crew as a free agent. From the Reds’ perspective, the exit was meant to reallocate Akiyama’s spot on the lively and 40-player rosters.
The Reds don’t must formally make a gap roster call-up till Thursday, however Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans tweet the membership plans to pick three visitors not registered with the large league membership. Infielder / Outfielder Brandon Dryrecipient Aramis Garcia and reliever Buck Farmer are all supposed to interrupt camp.
This could be the eighth straight season with MLB time for Drury. The fitting-handed utility hitter had just a few first rate seasons early in his profession with the Diamondbacks, however has solely eclipsed 90 plate appearances as soon as up to now 4 years. His final prolonged run within the majors — 120 video games with the 2019 Blue Jays — solely resulted in a .218/.262/.380 slash, however Drury was advantageous as a bench with the Mets final yr.
García is ready to hitch the large league membership as an alternative to Tyler Stephenson. The 29-year-old backstop has tailored to the Giants and A’s lately. In three large league seasons, he’s a .218/.256/.373 hitter. García has a extra spectacular .268/.333/.448 line at Triple-A. He apparently beat up one other unlisted visitor Andrew Knapp for the backup seize job. Rosecrans tweet that Knapp secured his launch after being instructed he wouldn’t break camp.