Thanks to the intrepid reporting of my Crack Catching What I Let Slip By Staff, HMZ, you already know that Dave Williams was designated for assignment today to make room for the newly reactivated Eric Milton:
I don't know why it seems that something always happens with the Reds as soon as RHM slips away, but…while she's going through airport security, I guess it falls to me to interrupt this thread so that I can inform everyone that the Reds have activated Eric Milton from the DL, as expected.
However - and here's the kicker - instead of sending Elizardo Ramirez back to Louisville as expected, the Reds DFA'ed Dave Williams.
Marc also has a few words:
You already know by now that Dave Williams was designated for assignment today. Every list I've seen this year said he had an option remaining, so perhaps the Reds just want to get rid of him. If so, I give them credit for deciding he's just not a guy that can help them and moving on, rather than wasting time sending him to Louisville.
Full props to Daedalus, who totally called it.
Can't say as I'm surprised, though; this management seems to have very little patience with the most recent transactions of the previous regime. Mysterious that the Reds didn't use his option, so I guess we'll just have to see what happens next. And cross our fingers that Milton is an upgrade.