Reds claim Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins

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The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins.

Graterol, 29, spent most of 2018 at Triple-A with the Angels (Salt Lake) and Twins (Rochester). There, he hit an aggregate .301/.330/.354 in 219 plate appearances. The Twins called him up in late September but he appeared in only three games. In his career, Graterol has played in 61 major league games and mustered a meager .501 OPS.

With the Reds, Graterol will serve as organizational depth. The Reds already have Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali behind the plate, but it never hurts to have insurance.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.