Cincinnati made an effort to provide more depth to their bullpen on Monday by signing veteran reliever Clay Hensley to a minor league contract. The deal also includes an invite to spring training as a non-roster player.
The Reds will mark the fourth franchise Hensley has played for throughout his seven-year Major League Baseball career. The 33-year-old spent the 2012 season pitching for the San Francisco Giants after previously serving stints with the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres.
The right-hander appeared in 60 games last season and tallied a 4.62 ERA. He owns a 4.00 ERA and 28-34 record in 271 lifetime appearances.
Hensley earned $750,000 in salary with the Giants last year and that is likely to be in the ballpark of what he will make in 2013 as a Red.
The Texas native will join a relief staff who sported the best ERA in the majors a season ago. He will undoubtedly be competing hard for a spot on the big league roster this spring.