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Reds claim lefty reliever Crockett off waivers

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CINCINNATI -- For the third time this month, the Reds added a reliever to compete for a spot in their bullpen in 2018. Left-hander Kyle Crockett was claimed off of waivers from the Indians on Monday.

Crockett, who will turn 26 on Dec. 15, was designated for assignment on Nov. 20 when Cleveland set its 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft. His addition to Cincinnati gives the club a full 40-man roster.

CINCINNATI -- For the third time this month, the Reds added a reliever to compete for a spot in their bullpen in 2018. Left-hander Kyle Crockett was claimed off of waivers from the Indians on Monday.

Crockett, who will turn 26 on Dec. 15, was designated for assignment on Nov. 20 when Cleveland set its 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft. His addition to Cincinnati gives the club a full 40-man roster.

A fourth-round Draft pick by the Indians in 2013, Crockett has spent parts of the last four seasons in the big leagues and had a 3.44 ERA in 107 appearances. His ability to avoid the long ball should benefit him at Great American Ball Park, as he's allowed only three home runs over 65 1/3 career innings.

Crockett had a 10.80 ERA in four big league appearances this season, with three coming in June. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Columbus while going 5-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 51 games.

So far this month, the Reds signed right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush and left-hander Joe Mantiply to Minor League deals and invited them to Spring Training as non-roster players.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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