Reds ink Pennington to Minor League deal

Club voids Minors contract with Manship, who failed physical

February 15th, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds signed veteran infielder Cliff Pennington to a Minor League contract on Thursday. Pennington would earn $1.5 million this season if he made the club out of camp.

With the Angels since 2016, Pennington batted .253/.306/.330 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 87 games last season. He has also played for the A's, D-backs and Blue Jays and is a career .243/.310/.341 hitter.

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But the value Pennington brings is defensive versatility. The 33-year-old can play second base, shortstop and third base.

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Pennington would be a good fit for the Reds as a backup shortstop behind still-developing starter . It's the position Pennington has played the most during his 10-year career.

Cincinnati also has a non-roster invitee in Phil Gosselin, who is trying to make the team as a utility player. Gosselin can also play shortstop, but it's not his natural position.

In another transaction, the Reds voided their Minor League deal with right-handed reliever Jeff Manship because he failed his physical. Manship, a former member of the Twins and Indians, was a starting pitcher last season in the Korea Baseball Organization. He had signed with Cincinnati on Feb. 8.

The changes still leave the Reds with 62 players in camp this spring.