"My heart skipped a beat when they offered that deal," Affeldt
said Wednesday after he and the Reds finalized a one-year, $3
million contract. "It was a great opportunity for me. The deals
that were on the table, my heart wasn't really in it."
Affeldt, a left-hander who has experience starting and relieving, can make
another $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts and
He pitched in relief for the National League champion Colorado Rockies last season and pitched
in all four games as Colorado was swept by the Boston Red Sox in
the World Series. Affeldt, 28, was with the Kansas
City Royals from 2002 to 2006, making 42 starts.
"We presented a scenario to him to be a starter," Reds general
manager Wayne Krivsky said. "He believes he can, and we think he
can. He'll have a chance to compete for one of the jobs in the
rotation, we promised him that."
The Rockies got Affeldt in a July 2006 trade. Last season, he
went 4-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 75 appearances, earning $1.25 million.
He is 25-27 in the big leagues with a 4.74 ERA.
Although spring training is less than a month away, Affeldt said
he hadn't worried about getting a deal.
"I wasn't too concerned because I know what I can do," he
said. "I have every intention of winning a spot."