Friday, January 31, 2014

Reds ink Roger Bernadina to minor league deal

Another day, another minor league deal given to a player by the Reds.

On Friday, the Reds reportedly agreed to a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Roger Bernadina, which includes an invite to spring training, which now brings the number of players expected to report to Cincinnati's big league spring camp to a rather crowded 59.

The 29-year-old spent the majority of his first six seasons with the Washington Nationals before being released last August. He was quickly snatched up by the Philadelphia Phillies and batted a combined .181/.250/.295 for the year.

A career .239/.307/.359 hitter, whose best season arguably came in 2012 when he slashed .291/.372/.405 in 261 plate appearances for the Nats, Barnadina joins a massive group of players vying to win a roster spot with the Reds come spring.

I understand Cincinnati doesn't have the money to throw out to bigger name players, but they have not been holding back when it comes to these sort of smaller deals. Of course, there is strength in numbers, meaning that the Reds are probably hopeful that one or two of these players inked to minor league contracts this winter will pan out, while most will definitely not, according to history.

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