- The Reds released Jacob Cruz, Frank Menechino, and John Castellano. It's a shame to see Cruz go in particular, as he's always seemed like a good guy. I hope he's able to find another job somewhere. But from a baseball perspective, none of these guys seem like they'd be able to help us this year.
- Quinton McCracken, 36, was promoted from AAA after a brief rehab assignment for his hurt foot. Andy Abad was sent down. Stats on Quinton:
He is a decent fielder though, rated at +3 bases saved in 306 innings in center field last year by the Fielding Bible. Likewise, 51.6% of runners advanced on him last year vs. the league average for centerfielders of 58.1%, indicating that his arm is above average. So there's that. Aside from Freel, we previously had no other option in centerfield with Griffey injured. According to Narron (just now with Marty), this latter point was apparently the primary reason for McCracken's promotion today.