Although the Reds cut two players from the roster on Thursday, they also added a player, courtesy of the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Cincinnati's newest player is none other than right-handed reliever Pedro Beato. The Reds plucked the 27-year-old off waivers and added him to their 40-man roster.
The Dominican native compiled a 3.60 ERA in 10 appearances for Boston in 2013. But the bulk of his time was spent with Triple-A Pawtucket where he tallied a tidy 2.98 ERA in 34 outings.
Beato, a former first round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, has made 81 combined appearances in his major league career with the Red Sox and New York Mets.
The Reds are probably hoping Beato blossoms into the kind of relief pitcher that Alfredo Simon has. You may remember that Simon was acquired via waivers by the Reds, too. If Beato can contribute anywhere near the way Simon has, this move will pay big dividends.