A day after the Boston Red Sox won their third World Series since 2004, the Cincinnati Reds swooped in and claimed right-handed pitcher Pedro Beato off waviers from Boston.
Beato who was recently designated for assignment by the team to make room for Alex Castellanos, spent the 2013 season between Triple-A Pawtucket and the Red Sox. Despite being on the 40-man roster, it would have been hard to imagine Beato lasting on it throughout the entire offseason.
In 34 games with the Pawsox this year, he went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA and five saves in 51.2 innings. Pawsox manager Gary DiSarcina used Beato as a long relief option, setup man and part-time closer this year and he didn't disappoint. He also appeared in 10 games with Boston going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings.
With the Reds, Beato should have a decent shot at vying for a middle relief role with the team in 2014 since he did improve this year that his control and walked less hitters and showed he could get groundball outs with his slider.
This move is not one Red Sox fans should be upset about since Beato would have had an uphill battle to make the Boston bullpen next year due to the incredible depth the Red Sox organization already has.