Pat Neshek Headshot

Phillies acquired Pat Neshek from the Astros.

Added 11/04/16 6:08 pm (EST)   Source
36-year-old Pat Neshek has made a living off his sinker-slider combo pitch. Neshek is coming off a year where he pitched 47 innings with a 3.06 earned run average and an 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Lucas Luetge Headshot

The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, MLB.com reports.

Added 7:57 pm (EST)
Luetge, a non-roster invitee who spent 2016 with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, has had a better spring than Peralta, but his minor league stats last year and his previous major league appearances aren't inspiring.
Bruce Maxwell Headshot

Maxwell was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

Added 7:50 pm (EST)
The catcher has had his fair share of action this spring, batting .229 in 35 at-bats over 19 games. He only managed three RBI to go with a disappointing 10 strikeouts, though, so it's not all that surprising he was sent down with the regular season nearing.
Robert Stephenson Headshot

Stephenson gave up four runs on six hits and two walks over four-plus innings in his final spring training outing of the year Saturday against the Cubs, striking out three. The game was played in Las Vegas, a notorious hitters' park where the wind was blowing out to right field, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added 7:42 pm (EST)
Stephenson finishes spring training with a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 16 innings in major league spring training games. The overall stats have to be just a small part of the decision making process for the Reds, given the small sample. But Amir Garrett and Cody Reed had better springs, and arguably Sal Romano's spring training performance could also persuade the Reds to find a spot for him. Part of their process will have to be based on whether they believe Bronson Arroyo can handle the rigors of major league competition again.
Ryan Raburn Headshot

Raburn left Sunday's game with a left hip contusion in the fifth inning, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Added 7:09 pm (EST)
The 35-year-old had batted .226 with three homers and seven RBI across 31 spring at-bats with the Reds as a non-roster invitee heading into Sunday's contest. It's unclear how severe the contusion is, how long it will keep him out, or if he'll open the season on the Reds' big league roster, so those interested in his status should stay tuned for updates in the next few days.
James Hoyt Headshot

Hoyt and Jandel Gustave are competing for the final spot in the bullpen, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports.

Added 7:06 pm (EST)
The Astros' decision to keep starter Brad Peacock as a long-relief option leaves one final spot in the bullpen. Hoyt pitched an inning Sunday, allowing a hit and striking out one batter. He showed some success against left-handers in 2016 and has some value for a team that counts Tony Sipp as its lone lefty out of the pen.
Tony Cingrani Headshot

Cingrani could be part of the early season saves mix, with Raisel Iglesias behind schedule following his shower fall. Entering Sunday's spring training game, Cingrani has a 4.05 ERA over 6.2 innings, with six strikeouts and five walks.

Added 7:05 pm (EST)
The walk ratio is representative of Cingrani's struggles last season when he did work at the end of the bullpen, as he had a 49:37 K:BB over 63 innings. Sometimes opportunity trumps skills, however, so he remains in the mix for the Reds in their unsettled bullpen.
John Axford Headshot

Axford has struggled over five appearances this spring, generating a 5.06 ERA, 2.44 WHIP and 2:5 K:BB across 5.3 innings.

Added 6:47 pm (EST)
The veteran reliever, who was a valuable part of the bullpen last season with 15 holds and three saves, has endured some rough sledding this spring and hasn't taken the mound since March 17. Axford was also considered to be a contender for the closer role at one point, and did notably notch 25 saves as recently as 2015 while with the Rockies. However, it would appear that incumbent ninth-inning specialist Ryan Madson and newcomer Santiago Casilla -- who has a solid late-inning track record in his own right -- are the frontrunners for the position at present.
Joe Musgrove Headshot

Musgrove allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings Sunday against the Nationals.

Added 6:33 pm (EST)
Musgrove was informed earlier in the day that he won a spot in the rotation and will pitch the fourth game of the regular seasonb. He turned that good news into a strong performance Sunday, facing one batter over the minimum after the first inning in a 79-pitch (53 strikes) outing. He'll take the ball April 6 against Seattle, and by dint of his order in the rotation figures to be safe when Collin McHugh -- expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list -- becomes available.
Sam Dyson Headshot

Dyson threw six perfect innings over five World Baseball Classic appearances, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Added 5:43 pm (EST)
Dyson was flawless throughout the WBC, suggesting any wrist ailment that had been bothering him in early-March is now a thing of the past. It also helps solidify his status as the frontrunner for the Rangers closer position, despite Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Bush waiting in the wings. Dyson may not yet have as long of a leash as other veteran closers, but if he continues to use an upper-90s sinker to induce frequent ground balls, removing him from that role would become increasingly difficult. The 28-year-old was tremendously successful in his first chance as a full-time closer last season, posting a 2.43 ERA while converting 38 of 43 save opportunities.
Mark Reynolds Headshot

The Rockies selected the contract of Reynolds on Sunday, adding him to the 40-man roster, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Added 4:26 pm (EST)
Reynolds, who was attending camp as a non-roster invitee, is expected to open the season as the team's regular starting first baseman after Ian Desmond suffered a fractured hand, which will likely keep him out until late April. The 33-year-old turned in an .806 OPS over 441 plate appearances with the Rockies in 2016 while trimming his strikeout rate to 25.4%, the lowest mark of his career.
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