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Reds ink Pennington to Minor League deal

Club voids Minors contract with Manship, who failed physical
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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.

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 Jose Peraza. 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.

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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