This is one of the more minor signings you’ll read about all offseason, but it’s early yet, so we still get a little excited about signing: the Cincinnati Reds have signed righty reliever Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract.
Quackenbush had a horrendous season with the Padres, finishing with a 7.86 ERA and 23 strikeouts and 16 walks in 26.1 innings of mostly garbage time relief. Before that he was a serviceable arm out of the pen in San Diego for three seasons. Whether he just needs a change of scenery, has something wrong with him or simply lost it is unknown, but it won’t cost the Reds much to find out.
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.