PHOENIX -- Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Tuesday that it was a tough decision to designate right-hander Micah Ownings for assignment to make room for first-round Draft pick Yasmani Grandal on the 40-man roster.
The catcher, from the University of Miami, was signed to a Major League contract on Monday.
The Reds have 10 days to trade Owings, who was obtained two years ago in a deal that sent Adam Dunn to the D-backs for the stretch run. If they don't trade him, he can become a free agent.
"When we sent Micah down a couple of weeks he requested that we try to trade him to another club that would have a better future for him," Jocketty said before the Reds played the D-backs at Chase Field. "That's what we're going to try to do now. We're going to try to get him an opportunity somewhere else and get him a new start."
Owings, 27, appeared in 22 games for the Reds this season out of the bullpen, going 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He has 35 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. He also has been a pretty fair hitter in his four seasons, having compiled a lifetime .293 batting average with nine homers, 14 doubles, and 34 RBIs.
"He's a versatile guy -- he can go both ways [as a starter or reliever]," Jocketty said. "Micah did a nice job for us, but some guys jumped past him in the rotation. He's a great guy, a great teammate and a good guy to have on a club. Maybe there will be a better opportunity for him somewhere else."