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Reds sign Jared Hughes to a two-year deal

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The Reds announced on Tuesday that the club signed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal with a club option for the 2020 season. SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the deal is worth $4.5 million in total, with the right-hander earning $2.125 million in each of the next two seasons. He can earn up to $750,000 each year in performance bonuses and the option is worth $3 million with a $250,000 buyout.

Hughes, 32, spent last season with the Brewers, posting a 3.02 ERA with a 48/24 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings. He had spent the previous six seasons with the Pirates, developing into one of the club’s most reliable relievers despite a very underwhelming strikeout rate. Among the 112 relievers who have thrown at least 250 innings since 2011, Hughes’ 15.3 percent strikeout rate is the lowest.

The Reds have been mentioned in trade rumors involving closer Raisel Iglesias. Depending on how aggressive the club is in moving him, Hughes may end up seeing some save situations. For now, he’ll pitch the innings ahead of Iglesias along with Michael Lorenzen.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.