From John Fay and the Enquirer:

The Reds added another former closer to the spring-training mix. Whether Kerry Ligtenberg will be in the mix to be the closer this season remains to be seen.

“We’re bringing him in to compete,” Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. “He throws strikes. He’s been durable. He’s been a part of winning teams. We’ll wait and see.”

Ligtenberg, 35, signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp Wednesday. He’s served as a closer in the past. But he spent all of last season with Iowa, the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate. He recorded 18 saves, walked six and struck out 44 in 58 innings.

He’s spent eight seasons in the majors and has a 3.82 ERA. He was Atlanta’s closer in 1998, recording 30 saves and a 2.71 ERA in 75 appearances. He’s also pitched for Baltimore, Toronto and Arizona. He’s been limited to seven big-league games since 2004.

“We had a scout watch him throw over the weekend in Minneapolis,” Krivsky said. “He was pitching in the (University of) Minnesota alumni game.”

A 35 year old guy who was pitching in an alumni game…. and that was enough to get him a minor league contract. Yet, the Reds released Claussen. Guess the Reds didn’t have their quota of old – washed up relievers filled yet.

3 Responses

  1. Mr. Redlegs

    The reason they released Claussen is because medical reports said mideason before he can throw, and likely wouldn’t be of much service until 2008. That’s also why so many other teams passed. His shoulder injury was serious. Think Josh Hall and Chris Gruler.

    Ligtenberg won’t make the team. It’s just an invite. But you have to admit that any player who was once traded for a bag of game equipment is worth a few giggles.

  2. Glenn

    Its a low risk signing with little chance of success. What the heck, let’s see what happens.

  3. preach

    😕 I agree that this is a “What the heck, why not?” move that could pay some dividends.

    I must admit, though, it seems like an awful lot of our Spring training camp seems to be made up of “low risk signings with little chance of success.”

    Fortunately, it’s Spring and hope is blooming afresh! Go Reds!!