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Ryan Rowland-Smith opts out of minor league deal with the Reds

Aug 2, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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Ryan Rowland-Smith is no longer with the Reds, per the International League’s transactions page. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Rowland-Smith has opted out of his minor league deal with the Reds. The 31-year-old was released by the Blue Jays in mid-June and signed by the Reds to at the end of June.

In 15 innings with Triple-A Louisville, Rowland-Smith posted a 4.20 ERA with a 9/4 K/BB ratio. He made his first appearance in the big leagues since 2010 earlier this season with the Diamondbacks, but didn’t have much success, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings of relief between April 2 and 14.

Rowland-Smith was relatively effective at Triple-A in 2012-13 in the Cubs and Red Sox organizations. Given that he’s still only 31 and left-handed, he should still draw some interest as a flier to serve as organizational depth.

  1. sethcohenplayedsomeball - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Dear Bill, and everyone reading this(and I love this site by the way!), while it is easy to say “Oh he’s left-handed so someone will give him a chance”, lets just say that I have seen a few things and leave it at this; it ain’t quite that easy folks. That statement is akin to “Oh your name is Clinton so you’ll be President some day” or “Hey your name is Walton, how’s that Walmart fortune of yours”. Sound like something is wrong? When you know(and when you learn) how hard it is to ever even have the proverbial “cup of coffee” in MLB, that is what you hear every single time an article or post includes statements that marginalize the fact that you are essentially looking at, in that picture, a CEO of a major company. Except Mr. Rowland Smith had to use both mental and physical tools to get to where he is. Here is one way to think about it: Go to the beach this weekend and pick up a handful of sand. Think of the beach as all the kids who ever played baseball. The grains in your hand are the ones who are drafted. Now, turn your hand upside down. The grains that are stuck to your hand are the ones who make it to MLB. Please, for the love of baseball and how difficult it truly is to earn even one minor league paycheck, how about 1 nice article about how AWESOME this player, or anyone like him, is. It is long overdue. Thanks. From someone who loves the game. : )

    • ptfu - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      “Left-handed athletes are like blondes. They get a second look, even if they don’t deserve it.” –Frank DeFord, “The Entitled”

      Go read the book, it’s worth it. Talks a lot about inherent advantages and unsung role players. Stars, almosts, and how close one is from the other.

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