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Deivy Grullón waiver claim, 3 pitchers added

The Cincinnati Reds, still searching for an Opening Day shortstop, continue to add depth to their roster. 

The Reds claimed catcher Deivy Grullón off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. They now have 33 players on their 40-man roster. 

Grullón (pronounced DAY-vee grew-YOHN), who will turn 25 in February, has played in five Major League games. He appeared in four games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019 and one game with the Red Sox last season. 

Sep 8, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Deivy Grullon (73) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds sought additional depth at catcher behind Tucker Barnhart and Tyler Stephenson after they non-tendered Curt Casali and Francisco Peña signed a minor-league contract with the Oakland A's this offseason. Casali, interviewed on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday, said that the Reds were out of the picture as he sits in free agency. 

Grullón has hit well in his last two minor league seasons. Playing at Triple-A in 2019, he batted .283 with a .354 on-base percentage, 21 homers, 24 doubles and 77 RBI in 108 games. He was rated as the No. 16 prospect in the Phillies' organization entering the 2020 season. 


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