Reds add six players
From the Reds:
TODAY’S NEWS: Today the Reds claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles OF Jeff Fiorentino, increasing their roster to 39 players...also today, the club agreed to terms on minor league contracts and invited to Major League spring training camp RHP Jim Brower, IF Jolbert Cabrera (pronounced HOLE-bert), IF Andy Green, LHP Adam Pettyjohn and IF Andy Phillips.
I talked to Wayne Krivsky today for my Sunday Insider -- it's going to be on Jay Bruce, thus the previous post -- I asked him if the Reds were in on talks with any of the remaining free agent starters.
"You can assume that," he said.
The two I mentioned were Jon Lieber and Livan Hernandez. The thing that signing either would do is move Matt Belisle back into competition for a spot. Right now, Belisle's pretty much guaranteed a spot. I expect Belisle to be better this year, but his ERA was 5.32 last year and he gave up 212 hits in 177 innings.
Of the guys signed Friday, Phillips is the one to watch. He played 61 games with the Yankees last year and hit .292 with two homers and 25 RBI. He is one of 21 players to hit the first of his major league career out. His went over the Green Monster in Fenway in Sept. 14, 2004.