Reds sign Kyle Crockett to minor league deal, ST invite Doug Gray December 4, 2017 11 Comments The Cincinnati Reds claimed left handed pitcher Kyle Crockett on waivers last week. He was subsequently non-tendered a few days later, becoming a free agent. The transaction cost the team $20,000 to make, but it did give them time to talk with him exclusively. That apparently worked out for the Reds, as today they re-signed Crockett to a minor league deal for 2018. It also includes an invitation to spring training, as first reported by Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. As expected, Kyle Crockett has signed a minors deal with a ST invite. Was non-tendered Friday — Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) December 4, 2017 As noted yesterday, if the Reds were to re-sign Kyle Crockett to a Minor League deal, the $20,000 claim fee would have been worth it. It allowed them time to talk with him when other teams couldn’t. They made their sales pitch and it worked. While he’s no longer on the 40-man roster, he could be competing for a spot in spring training. He’s had plenty of success in Triple-A. Last year he posted a 3.38 ERA for Columbus while with the Indians. There were some big splits when looking at his 2017, and they showed up last year, too. Against lefties he was dominant, holding them to a .196/.266/.258 line in 110 plate appearances. Perhaps a role as a LOOGY could be up for grabs, especially if the team would like to use Wandy Peralta as more of a full-inning reliever. 11 Responses RFM December 4, 2017 Good move. I don’t think he’s valuable enough to hold a 40 man roster spot, but he certainly deserves a minor league contract and the chance to make the team. Krozley December 4, 2017 Kind of a shrewd plan that worked out nicely. I would think many free agent relief pitchers in a similar situation might prefer the Reds given the number of potential bullpen spots that need filled. Four signed so far, three of which are lefties. CP December 4, 2017 Shrewd indeed. DW is starting to leave a trail of those in his wake. It’s still early, but I’m hopefull that he is proving to be a pretty good lead to the FO. Gaffer December 4, 2017 2 selections in Rule 5 again? Andrew December 4, 2017 Yea I would suspect so – but that said I suspect they only do that if they have a trade partner for the pick like they did last year. Otherwise i bet one pick Colorado Red December 4, 2017 I would think so, depending on who is out there. No reason to leave a spot open on the 40 man. MK December 4, 2017 They have some options for those left-handed bullpen spots. Indians rushed Crockett to big leagues. Hopefully the extra time has paid off. Reed, Payano and McKirahan will compete for one or two spots also. Redsnation December 5, 2017 Garrett also said they are moving him to the bullpen at redsfest. sixpacktwo December 5, 2017 Williams is making some good/smart moves. I really think things have changed. The Duke December 5, 2017 Solid move, leaving options open heading into the winter meetings. 44Reds December 5, 2017 Can anyone else confirm the statement about Garrett being moved to the pen? That is the first I’ve heard of it.