The Cincinnati Reds have spent most of the winter tearing down their roster, but on Wednesday, they made an improvement. Tommy Pham signed a one-year, $7.5 million deal with a mutual option for 2023. The 34-year-old outfielder struggled slightly over the past two seasons. In 686 combined plate appearances, Pham slashed .226/.335/.370 for a 97 wRC+. Pham isn’t known for his defensive prowess either.
If there’s a place for a slugger to get their groove back, it’s Great American Ballpark. According to FanGraphs’ park factors, Cincinnati was the friendliest home run park in each of the last four seasons.
Pham figures to be Cincinnati’s Opening Day left fielder over Aristedes Aquino, Jake Fraley, and Shogo Akiyama. Of course, Pham could get plenty of starts as the Reds’ designated hitter.
Eric Stephen | True Blue LA: The Dodgers designated Matt Beaty for assignment on Wednesday. In 2021, Beaty slashed .270/.363/.402 for a 114 wRC+ across 234 plate appearances. Hanser Alberto takes Beaty’s spot on LA’s 40-player roster.
Kate Preusser | Lookout Landing: The Mariners signed Sergio Romo to a one-year worth $2 million. In 61 2/3 innings, Romo pitched to a 4.24 FIP.