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Released by the Twins, Scott Diamond signs with the Reds

Jul 16, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Last season Scott Diamond was supposed to be the Twins’ Opening Day starter, but instead the left-hander began the year on the disabled list while recovering from offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow.

Once healthy enough to pitch Diamond was terrible for the Twins, going 6-13 with a 5.43 ERA before a demotion to Triple-A. He stayed at Triple-A this season and was even worse with a 6.52 ERA and .328 opponents’ batting average in 80 innings, which convinced the Twins to release the 27-year-old who once was touted as part of their long-term plans.

Diamond has found a new home in the Reds organization, as Darren Wolfson of reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati and will try to turn things around for their Triple-A affiliate. Diamond’s miniscule strikeout rate always meant sustained success would be unlikely, but as far as Triple-A depth goes he’s a fine no-risk pickup for the Reds.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    “who once was touted as part of their long-term plans”

    No he wasn’t, he was seen as a stop gap player.

    • twinfan24 - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I disagree. He was expected to develop into someone fill the rotation, even if not as a #1 or 2.

  2. observer82ab - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Should put the Reds over the top????

  3. wpjohnson - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    the Reds need left handed starters. Diamond is worth a look.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      no they need left handed relievers and from the looks of his stats this guy he is not the answer. another great hey this guy comes cheap jocketty signing. he thinks anybody who has played major league ball will rejuvenate their career once they sign with the reds. he does not seem to realize there is a reason they are available to sign and that is because they SUCK!! there is a reason why a player like bernidina has played for 4 teams in 3 years, it does not matter what he did 10 years ago! he sucks today and thank god the reds finally figured that out!

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Minor league signing, virtually no risk high reward. If he can put it together and he can help out the big club in some way it’s a success. If not, they’re basically paying him pennies.

    • Cris E - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Low strikeouts crossed with fly balls didn’t really work at Target Field, so I’m not seeing how it’ll play any better at the Great American Home Run Factory in CIN. Diamond seems like a nice guy, but even if everything came together for him perfectly that’d be a hard place for him to succeed.

  4. West Madison's town Whore - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    another pitch to contact guy from the twinks great philosophy, was a rule 5 draft guy who the twins traded their hard throwing 2nd round pick to atlanta for. maybe he will catch on with the reds

    • Bryz - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      You make that “2nd round pick” sound like it was a terrible trade for the Twins. In reality, Billy Bullock was suspended for a drug of abuse and never overcame his control issues, and it looks like he hasn’t even pitched this season.

  5. bluesoxbaseball - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    If I recall correctly, he had a great start against the Reds a couple of years ago at GABP in inter-league play.

  6. kraa0901 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    That’s one game blue sox….1 game. I’m pretty sure if you dig deep enough Drew Butera had a multi hit game in there somewhere too.

  7. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Timberwolvesbrisin: ““who once was touted as part of their long-term plans”

    No he wasn’t, he was seen as a stop gap player.

    Actually stop gap is the overarching theme for the organization. Put a cheap product on the field and watch the fans keep doling out cash in the taxpayer funded stadium. Mediocrity is the twins way these days. Pohlads are laughing all the way to the bank.

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