Add another cheap pitcher to the Reds bullpen sweepstakes.
Welcome to Reds Country, RHP Art Warren!— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 6, 2021
The #Reds today acquired Warren from the Rangers in exchange for cash. The 40-man roster is now at 35.
A Napoleon, OH native, Warren pitched at the University of Cincinnati in 2012 and 2013 and for Ashland University in 2015. pic.twitter.com/B74YqvBCXe
I’ll admit, even as a Cincinnatian I had to look up where Napoleon, Ohio was. It’s apparently outside of Toledo. Cool. Having a Bearcat in the fold will be the first since Skeeter Barnes played for the Reds in 1989.
Warren went straight from AA to the big leagues in 2019, making his debut for the Mariners with a cup of coffee of 5 1⁄3 innings without allowing a run. The Rangers picked him up off of waivers on October 21st and was designated for assignment by the Rangers on December 26th. As a 27-year-old, he’ll compete for a spot in the Reds’ bullpen, and even if he doesn’t make the team out of spring training, could prove to be a midseason bullpen option if the Reds can keep him on the roster. The Reds’ roster is now at 35, so plenty of space there still.