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The Reds signed Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league deal

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This is one of the more minor signings you’ll read about all offseason, but it’s early yet, so we still get a little excited about signing: the Cincinnati Reds have signed righty reliever Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract.

Quackenbush had a horrendous season with the Padres, finishing with a 7.86 ERA and 23 strikeouts and 16 walks in 26.1 innings of mostly garbage time relief. Before that he was a serviceable arm out of the pen in San Diego for three seasons. Whether he just needs a change of scenery, has something wrong with him or simply lost it is unknown, but it won’t cost the Reds much to find out.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.