Reds close to signing infielder
It appears that the Reds are dipping their toes into the free agent waters for the first time this off-season.
It’s nowhere near the deep end of the pool, however.
MLB.com has learned that the Reds are close to signing infielder Emmanuel Burriss to a Minor League contract. Baseball America was first to report a deal is in place, but the club has yet to make an announcement.
Burriss, 27, was cut loose by the Giants as he was first-year eligible for arbitration this winter. In 60 games during 2012, he batted .213. In parts of five big league seasons since 2008, he is a .243 lifetime hitter.
Defensively, Burriss has primarily played second base but can also play shortstop, third base and left field.