Cincinnati relief pitcher Eddie Guardado, recovering from surgery on his throwing arm, agreed to a minor league contract, the Reds said Monday.
The 36-year-old Guardado was invited to the Reds’ major league training camp. Guardado underwent surgery in September to repair a torn ligament and tendon in his left elbow.
He took over the closer role after the Reds acquired him from Seattle in a trade July 6. He was 10-of-12 in save chances, then went on the disabled list Aug. 20.
For the season, he had 13 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 43 games for Seattle and Cincinnati.
If he is added to the major league roster, he would get a $500,000, one-year contract and the chance to make about $1.4 million in bonuses based on active roster time and $1.2 million in performance bonuses. Cincinnati would have a 2008 option that ranges from $3 million to $7 million, depending on how much he pitches this year.
Ok, maybe not 200…but it sure seems like it. I have no idea how many players have been invited to ST, but it reminds me of a “Jim Bowden camp”…throw ’em all out there and whoever has a good couple of weeks makes the team.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.