Six guys left Reds spring training camp today, casualties of the first non-weight-based roster cuts.
Luke Hudson and Bubba Nelson were released. Anderson Machado, Aaron Herr, Derek Wathan, and Josh Hall were sent to minor league camp.
The moves for Machado, Herr, and Wathan don't surprise me. Machado lacked scrapitude compared to Ray Olmedo when the two were asked to prepare for the possibility for playing in the outfield last season. I imagine Machado would have really had to demonstrate some serious Veteran Presence and Knowing How to Play the Game if he was going to win Narron over.
As for Herr and Wathan, I'd never heard of them, so I pretty much expected them to end up in the minors.
The fact that Hall was re-assigned when Hudson and Nelson were just let go was a little surprising, but without seeing them for myself, I'm not prepared to say that any of them were the wrong move. It seemed like Hudson wasn't doing so bad this year, but I find I'm kind of relieved that he's moving on. His inconsistency isn't my problem anymore.
Everyone else's inconsistency, on the other hand…
Now to anxiously await the next round of cuts. Four of the seven who have been cut so far have had last names that begin with the letter H (the three mentioned here plus Josh Hancock). Watch your back, Aaron Holbert!