Not only was Evan Meek designated for assignment last week by the Pirates just two years after being an All-Star, the 29-year-old reliever passed through waivers unclaimed.
And it wasn’t because he has some kind of huge contract, because a) he’s only making $875,000 this year, and b) any team claiming him would only be on the hook for a few weeks of salary anyway. Instead he’ll remain with the Pirates at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.
Meek spent most of this season at Triple-A, posting a nice-looking 2.74 ERA in 46 innings despite a not-so-nice 41/26 K/BB ratio. He has a 3.34 ERA in 173 career innings as a big leaguer, but has logged a total of just 33 innings for the Pirates since being named to the 2010 All-Star team.
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.