Well that didn't last long, at least according to Marc:
Perez departs, returns
Along with Brandon Claussen, the Reds non-tendered catcher Miguel Perez last night. While it remains to be seen what Claussen will do, Perez already is back in the organization, agreeing to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
That little transaction, by the way, is basically all the proof you need that the Claussen move wasn't made simply to clear a roster spot. He may still be back in some capacity, but I think the Reds lost confidence in him last season.
I really think this is a decent albeit minor move. His bat may never develop, but he's reportedly good behind the plate. That can be helpful to young pitchers. Plus the Reds might have two starters in AA next year that don't speak English as a first language. He can help there too.
M2, I agree with the cutting away of chaff, but when said chaff is replaced with older chaff, what is the difference?
The difference is, if the older chaff gets hot for a couple of months and the team is not in contention, you can flip them to a contender who needs a vet bat off the bench or a veteran MR who knows how to play the game. If you aren't out of it, you keep them and hope they stay hot for 162. If they suck, you cut them and try again. If you do it right, there can be some value in the churn.
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