#rockies sign paul janish, slick fielding shortstop, to minor-league deal with invite to big-league campIt's been stated multiple times this offseason by general manager Walt Jocketty that the club would like to add a veteran shortstop to provide some insurance for Zack Cozart. Some Reds fans immediately clamored for former Red Paul Janish to fill that void. However, it doesn't appear like that will happen, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that Janish has agreed to sign with the Colorado Rockies.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 27, 2014
As you can see from Heyman's tweet, Janish will receive a minor league contract with an invitation to spring camp. If he plays well enough during the exhibition season, the crafty fielder could land a bench spot on Colorado's roster when the regular season rolls around.
Drafted by the Reds out of Rice University in 2004, Janish spent his entire professional career in the Cincinnati organization, until he was traded to the Atlanta Braves in July 2012. He played sparingly for the Braves over the past two seasons and struggled mightily with the bat.
Still, the 31-year-old is among the best when it comes to fielding his position, and that's a characteristic which keeps him alluring to MLB teams.
With Janish off the board, it's unclear who the Reds might turn to for shortstop depth, instead. One name that Reds fans won't have to worry about is Cesar Izturis. The veteran inked a minor league deal with the Houston Astros this winter and won't reprise the reprise the role he served with Cincy in 2013.