Monday, February 11, 2013

Reds add bullpen depth, sign veteran Clay Hensley

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.

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