The Reds claimed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Monday afternoon.
Bonilla, 26, was designated for assignment by the Pirates last Thursday to clear a roster spot for pitcher Pat Light. The Pirates had signed him to a one-year, $575,000 contract back in November.
The right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014 and spent last season in the Dodgers’ minor league system. Between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma, Bonilla posted a 3.97 ERA with a 118/40 K/BB ratio over 111 innings.
Bonilla is likely to pitch out of the Reds’ bullpen in a long relief role assuming he makes the 25-man roster, but he could eventually move into the rotation if the need arises.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.