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Cincinnati Reds Outright Jose Arredondo

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According the Cincinnati Enquire‘s John Fay, the Cincinnati Reds have outrighted right-handed pitcher Jose Arredondo for the beginning of the 2013 season.

According to Fay, Arredondo has cleared waivers and will begin the season in Triple-A Louisville.

Arredondo is in the final year of his contract that he signed in January of 2012 and will eligible for arbitration for the 2014 season.  He was beat out by recently signed Manny Parra entering his second year of work the for the Reds Alfredo Simon.

In the 2013 edition of spring training, Arredondo was 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA, struck out 10 and walked six in 12.2 innings pitched.

I am sure it was a very tough decision for Reds’ manager Dusty Baker to try and decide between Arredondo, Parra and Simon, but I can see why the move was made.

Parra is another arm from the left side.   Given the fact Sean Marshall is the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen other than closer Aroldis Chapman, Parra will be a good addition from the left side.  He is also a guy who can spot-start when needed and can also come in for a long relief appearance.

To make the case for Simon is a tough one because of the spring he had when you compare it to Arredondo’s.  The only reason why I see Baker choosing Simon over Arredondo is because of Simon’s ability, like Parra, to come in and give you some long relief to bridge the gap for your usual one inning-type of relievers.

It’s a questionable move to keep Simon over Arredondo, but maybe Baker sees something that we don’t.

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