The Reds announced on Twitter that the club has signed reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the right-hander will get a $1.5 million base salary and can earn more money based on games appeared in and games finished. Gregg had showcased for about half the league last month.
Gregg, 36, was only able to throw nine innings in the major leagues with the Marlins last season, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits with a 6/5 K/BB ratio. He underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow in August. Gregg, however, was productive out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2013, so there’s a chance he still has something left in the tank.
The Reds also bolstered their bullpen by signing Burke Badenhop to a one-year deal on Saturday.
The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.