Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has a roundup of the Pirates’ various contract-related decisions heading into the offseason and speculates that the team will not exercise 2012 options on Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm.
That trio would earn a total of $23.75 million in 2012 if the options were all picked up, but the Pirates can buy them out for a combined $2 million instead.
Biertempfel writes that Ross Ohlendorf is also unlikely to be back, as he expects to Pirates to non-tender the right-hander rather than taking him through the arbitration process for a second time at around $2.5 million
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.