The Reds have added a little more pitching, signing Brian Meadows to a minor league contract:

Meadows was 3-6 with a 5.17 ERA and eight saves in 53 games last season for the Devil Rays. A Major Leaguer since 1998, the right-hander has also pitched for the Marlins, Royals, Padres and Pirates.

There have been times over the last few years when Meadows flirted with being a decent pitcher (career stats here), but at age 31, it is fair to say that I expect very little out of this signing. Doesn’t hurt to throw him into the mix, though.

The Reds also agreed to one-year deals with some players who have a reasonable shot to help the Reds in the next year or two, including LHP Phil Dumatrait and 1B Joey Votto. I’d love to see Dumatrait step up and claim that 5th starter’s spot this spring; I’ve seen him pitch in the minors, and he’s looked good at times.

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3 Responses

  1. preach

    He’s only 31, so he seems a little young for our bullpen, but his .117 career batting average fits in well with our middle infielders and new catcher….On a more serious note, I don’t mind another arm for the bullpen. Hopefully we can piece together some good innings. I would like to see Dumatrait do something this year as well, but to believe his impact will be felt much before next year is probably a bit wishful, especially after signing a couple of vets to compete for that 5th rotation spot. Our future does look pretty bright. I am still holding out hope for this year. Spring is great for building expectations…..Play ball…

  2. Sultan of Swaff

    At most, we’ll use him much like Tampa did, finish games in losing affairs to save the real pitchers for tomorrow. If his ERA slims down a bit in the switchover to the NL, he could be league average (his K/BB ratio is OK). He can most definitely help the team by eating innings in games where you might be down 5 with 3 innings to go. So often last year, those games got out of control, with reliever after reliever pouring gas on the fire, we had no chance and everyone in the stadium knew it. He might increase our chances of stealing a couple comeback wins in those types of games. At worst, he’s a respectable mopup man.

  3. preach

    Just a unrelated side note: Mike Matheny retired due to concussions. I always liked the way he would call a game. I’ve read that he would show up at Spring Training at 0600 ready to play. Matt Morris had some really great things to say about him professionally and personnally. Seems like a good guy.