Trevor Bauer struggled to throw strikes in his four-start debut with the Diamondbacks earlier this season before heading back to Triple-A and any plans to potentially recall him from the minors have been canceled.
There was some talk last month that Bauer could rejoin the Diamondbacks for a late-season start or two once the Triple-A playoffs were over, but instead they’ll avoid adding to his current workload of 163 innings.
Bauer walked seven batters in his final Triple-A start and struggled in the Triple-A playoffs overall, but manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that wasn’t a factor.
Piecoro has a lot of interesting quotes from Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers regarding Bauer’s future in Arizona, which will almost surely involve the 21-year-old former No. 3 overall pick competing for a full-time rotation spot next spring.
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.