The #Reds today claimed OF Nick Martini off waivers from the Padres and acquired RHP Justin Shafer from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash. RHP Jimmy Herget and OF Brian O'Grady were designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/hqu8bSAerE
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 25, 2019
Nick Martini, OF
Nick Martini is a 29-year-old left fielder with one option left and 1+ years of service time. Martini has spent 5 years in AAA with 1446 plate appearances at that level, where he’s hit .305/.401/.435. That’s a good hit skill, excellent on-base skill with a high walk rate and power in the Jose Peraza/Tucker Barnhart range. He’s played 500 innings at the major league level. The Oakland A’s DFA’d him at the end of August 2019 and the Padres picked him up. They DFA’d him a week ago. Martini did make the A’s playoff roster in 2018.
Unclear why the Reds see Martini as better than Brian O’Grady, who is a couple years younger, has three option years left and is a better hitter. Probably hoping to hold on to both.
Justin Shafer, RHP
Shafer is 27, has two options left and 1+ year of service time. He’s been a reliever in the Blue Jays system since 2017. Shafer split time between AAA and Toronto in 2019, pitching 39.2 innings for the Blue Jays. Look past his 3.86 ERA over that stretch to an ugly 5.67 xFIP which is more indicative of how Shafer actually pitched. His walk rate (13.7%) was Amir Garrett bad. The Blue Jays DFA’d him a few days ago. Meh.