San Francisco picked up a potential backup infielder by claiming Tony Abreu off waivers from Kansas City today.
Abreu spent most of last season at Triple-A, but got into 22 games for the Royals and has 464 career plate appearances in the majors, hitting .252 with a .635 OPS.
Even for a utility infielder that isn’t much production, but the 28-year-old switch-hitter has done some nice work in the minors, batting .324 in 355 games at Triple-A to suggest he might be capable of more offensively.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.