The Reds announced late this afternoon that they have signed reliever Clay Hensley to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training.
Hensley posted a 4.62 ERA and 42/30 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings last season out of the Giants’ bullpen. The 33-year-old right-hander actually had a 2.95 ERA as late as August 2, but then struggled through a groin injury and was left off the team’s postseason roster. He averaged just 85.5 mph on his fastball, a three mph drop-off from where he was when he had a 2.95 ERA with the Marlins in 2010.
The Reds already have a pretty full bullpen, so a lot of things will have to go Hensley’s way for him to make the Opening Day roster.