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The Reds should take a flier this recently released reliever

The Reds should target Nick Vincent.
The Reds should target Nick Vincent. / David Berding/GettyImages

Nick Vincent doesn't fit the prototypical mold of today's reliever. But given how poorly the Cincinnati Reds bullpen has performed in 2022, beggars can't be choosers.

Now I know what you're going to say. "Here we go again. Another retread reliever for the Reds to sign." While that may be case, Reds fans know that 2022 represents a lost season for the franchise. At this point, David Bell just needs an extra arm in the bullpen.

Currently, the Reds are without Lucas Sims, Tejay Antone, Daniel Duarte, Alexis Díaz, Justin Wilson, Vladimir Gutierrez, Justin Dunn, and Tony Santillan. Antone and Wilson are out for the season and both Dunn and Duarte are on the 60-day IL.

The only reliever the Reds have left at Triple-A Louisville who's currently on the 40-man roster is Jared Solomon. The right-hander has already been called up twice this season and his 9.95 ERA would suggest he still needs some seasoning in the minor leagues.

The Reds should take a flier on Nick Vincent.

According to, Nick Vincent was released by the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Vincent has yet to appear in a major league game this season, but last year with the Minnesota Twins he posted a 0.71 ERA in seven appearances and covered 12.1 innings.

According to FanGraphs, Vincent has a minuscule 6.2% walk-rate and a 24.1% strikeout-rate for his career. However, the soon-to-be 36-year-old has seen a drop in his strikeout-rate the past two seasons.

What you're not going to get with Vincent is a high-90s heater. Heck, you might be lucky to see the right-hander hit 90-mph on the radar. In 2021, according to Baseball Savant, Vincent's fastball velocity ranked in the bottom 3% of the league. His fastball spin-rate, however, ranked in the percentile.

Nick Vincent would be an inexpensive addition to the Cincinnati Reds with a solid track record. Vincent has spent seven years in the league and over 412 games has a career-ERA of 3.30. That has to count for something.

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