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The merry-go-round continues. Doubt he’ll be added to the MLB roster though. 

 

 

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Man, that 2014 team was pretty fucking salty. We easily win it all if Peters doesn’t get hurt. Eh oh well....

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Brewers reliever Corey Knebel went down with a strained left hamstring. The team recalled infielder/outfielder Mark Mathias to take Knebel’s roster spot. 2020 has been a rough go for Knebel, a former star closer who has slumped in his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2019. The 28-year-old, who has allowed at least one earned run in five of nine appearances, owns a 9.45 ERA with 9.45 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9 across 6 2/3 innings.

 

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He made the Show, congrats. 

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The Reds announced that outfielder Mark Payton’s contract has been selected to the Major League roster.  Payton’s move was one of a few transactions made official by the club, as the Reds also optioned infielder Josh VanMeter to their alternate training site and made a change to their taxi squad — righty Jose De Leon joins the taxi squad, while outfielder Robel Garcia is out.

Payton now seems set to make his MLB debut, which he probably thought was in the cards back in December when the Reds plucked him out of the Athletics’ system via the Rule 5 draft.  In July, however, the Reds returned Payton back to Oakland seemingly as part of a roster crunch, yet then re-acquired the outfielder two weeks ago.  Since Payton is now officially a member of Cincinnati’s roster, he is free of any Rule 5 restrictions, so the Reds can freely option him between the majors and their alternate training site if they so choose.

A seventh-round pick for the Yankees in the 2014 draft, Payton has hit .286/.363/.455 with 62 home runs over 2248 career minor league plate appearances.  Those career numbers are heavily fueled by Payton’s 30 homers and .334/.400/.653 slash line over 447 PA for the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate in 2019, though that performance carries some caveats.  2019 was the most hitter-friendly year in the history of Triple-A baseball, the Pacific Coast League was a notoriously hitter-friendly league even prior to 2019, and Payton (then in his age-27 season) was older than most Triple-A pitchers.

Still, obviously the Reds saw enough in Payton’s breakout year to make him a priority in the Rule 5 draft.  Payton does have some center field experience, though he has mostly played as a corner outfielder in recent years.  He will join Travis Jankowski as a left-handed hitting backup outfielder on a roster that also includes Shogo Akiyama and Jesse Winker as more regular lefty-swinging outfielders.

 

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That 2014 team doing some work in the majors. Of course Peters fucked his arm up just as the post season started

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Mark Payton went 0-2 in his first MLB start (LF).    Ground out,  well hit ball to the warning track.   Replaced with a pinch hitter and the OF rotated with another player going to CF, CF to LF. 

Streamed the game.  As can be expected,  he seemed tight,  but more relaxed when he hit the ball to the track. Caught it well.   Worked the count to 3-1, 3-2 in both ABs.

Reds are struggling,  lost 3/4 to the Cards in battle for 2nd place in NL Central.  

Hang tough,  Mark  !

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It's a cruel game...

 

Payton was optioned to the Reds' alternate training site Tuesday.

Payton appeared in eight of 12 games during his time on the 28-man roster and hit .167 (3/18) with a double and five strikeouts. He'll return to alternate camp to make room for newly acquired Brian Goodwin on the major-league roster. 

https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/reds-mark-payton-optioned-to-alternate-training-site/

 

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