Friday, February 1, 2013

Reds add southpaw to bullpen, sign Manny Parra to one-year deal

The Reds certainly didn't sit idle on this first day of February.

Cincinnati announced the signing of free agent LHP Manny Parra to a one-year deal. The news came just hours after the club announced the signing of free agent catcher Miguel Olivo, as well. Financial terms of both deals were not immediately available.

Right-hander Todd Redmond has been designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Parra. Parra was arbitration eligible and the Brewers did not tender him a contract, which made him a free agent.

The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in 62 games last season for the Brewers and compiled a 2-3 record and 5.06 ERA. He previously served as a starter before transitioning to a full-time reliever in 2012. Overall, he owns a 5.12 ERA, 26-33 record, and a 1.645 WHIP in five big league campaigns.

GM Walt Jocketty said earlier this winter that he was hoping to add a lefty reliever to go alongside Sean Marshall in the bullpen. However, he wasn't going to pull the trigger on just any pitcher unless he deemed them as a bargain. It appears as though Parra fits that mold, although we have yet to see the money numbers. The 30-year old earned $1.2 million last year.

Aroldis Chapman is being moved to the starting rotation, so that is why the club was initially left with just one left-handed reliever before Friday's signing.

The addition of Parra also likely means that the team will follow through on their promise to keep Tony Cingrani as a starting pitcher. Although Cingrani appeared in some games down the stretch last season as a reliever, the Reds are adamant that he continue to train as a starter.

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