Choo, Hensley signed
Greetings from Goodyear… I had just pulled into the parking lot when I received the emails with Reds news already.
The Reds and new outfielder Shin-Soo Choo avoided arbitration on Monday when he was signed to a one-year contract. The club also signed reliever Clay Hensley and invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster player.
Terms were not immediately known. Choo filed for $8 million, and the club countered at $6.75 million. Only pitchers Mat Latos and Homer Bailey remain in Cincinnati’s arbitration slate.
Hensley, a seven-year Major League veteran has previously pitched for the Padres, Marlins and Giants. Last season for San Francisco, the right-hander was 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 60 games.
The Reds spring roster now stands at 58 players.
And unfortunately none of those 58 persons were here to talk with, including Choo, by the time I hit the ground at the complex. I will have to make my introductions on Tuesday.