Right-hander Dan Straily has been claimed by the Cincinnati Reds, after being placed on waivers by the San Diego Padres earlier today, per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Straily was acquired less than a week ago; coming over in a swap with Houston for catcher Erik Kratz. San Diego evidently couldn't find a spot for Straily on its roster, as the 27-year-old was out of options.
The #reds have claimed pitcher Dan Straily on waivers— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) April 1, 2016
Straily spent all of 2015 within the Astros organization, spending a majority of the year at Triple-A Fresno, where he threw 122.2 innings with a 4.77 ERA and 4.96 K/BB, while also reaching Houston for three uninspiring starts. Just a few years ago, Straily was considered one of the brighter pitching prospects in the game, topping out at 85th overall on Baseball Prospectus' 2013 list, while with the Oakland Athletics. He had a strong first couple seasons in Oakland, however, 2014 was a disaster, and he found himself moving from Oakland to Chicago to Houston to San Diego, and now to Cincinnati.
The Reds have a rather injury-ridden rotation, with Homer Bailey, Michael Lorenzon, Jon Moscott, and Anthony DeSclafani all expected to start the season hurt. Staily will likely join an Opening Day starting rotation of Raisel Iglesias, Brandon Finnegan, Alfredo Simon, and potentially Tim Melville. After suffering from shoulder woes of recent, Straily has been up to 94, from 89, this spring, due in part to a new offseason training regimen. The Reds don't appear willing to start Robert Stephenson's service time clock, so it would be beneficial for Straily to stick and either, buy Cincinnati time to recover from injuries, or give them another young arm who has yet to reach arbitration eligibility.