GOODYEAR, Ariz.–The Cincinnati Reds remain hopeful for the coming season after finishing last in the National League Central division for two consecutive years, and coming out of 2016 with the third-worst ERA in baseball.
Just two weeks before spring training officially begins, Reds outfielder Steve Selsky was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox. A replacement has not been named.
The Reds signed veteran right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman, as well as relief pitcher Blake Wood to one-year contracts for the 2017 season. They’re accompanied by re-signed minor league pitchers Ryan Matteus and Pedro Villarreal, as well as newcomers J.C. Ramirez, a pitcher, and shortstop Carlos Triunfel. Catcher Devin Mesoraco is due to return for 2017 opening day after recovering from surgery to his left shoulder in May 2016.
The team’s star player, 33-year-old first baseman Joey Votto, has a contract through 2023. Votto may have been the best hitter in 2016, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ Jason Martinez. Votto finished with a 1.044 OPS with 27 homers, 33 doubles
and 96 walks.
From Jan. 26 to 29, members of the team and staff joined the Reds Caravan which traveled through five states and made 17 stops at locations along the way. Pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear Ballpark on Feb. 13.