Reds signed first baseman-outfielder Daryle Ward to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Ward was a great bench player in 2006 and 2007, but he slipped to .216/.319/.402 in 102 at-bats last season. The Reds would seem to have 10 position player spots accounted for between Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Edwin Encarnacion, Alex Gonzalez, Jeff Keppinger, Jerry Hairston Jr., Willy Taveras and Jay Bruce. That would leave three jobs open for Chris Dickerson, Jonny Gomes, Ward, Jacque Jones, Norris Hopper, Wilkin Castillo and Laynce Nix. Ward would seem to have a pretty good chance of securing a spot as a pinch-hitter unless Gonzalez's status forces the team to carry an extra infielder.
Thu, Feb 5, 2009 03:30:00 PM