CINCINNATI -- Jeremy Affeldt was one of the top remaining bullpen arms on the free agent market, but the Reds reportedly are going to try to plug him into their rotation.
Foxsports.com, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Associated Press are reporting that Affeldt has agreed to a one-year contact with the Reds. Foxsports.com is reporting that the former Colorado Rockies left-hander will receive $3 million in 2008 and will be given the chance to make Cincinnati's Opening Day rotation.
A source told the AP that Affeldt also can earn an additional $1 million in
performance bonuses based on starts and innings pitched.
Cincinnati, which has three starters penciled into their 2008 rotation in ace Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Belisle, currently do not have a veteran left-handed option for their starting staff.
Affeldt, who has made 42 starts in his major league career, made nine starts for the Royals in 2006. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Rockies in 2007.
In 75 appearances for Colorado in 2007, Affeldt posted a 4-3 record with a 3.51 ERA. Left-handed hitters batted .250 against him while opposing right-handers hit just .211.
Affeldt would be the third pitcher added by the Reds in the offseason, joining new closer Francisco Cordero, who signed a four-year, $46 million contract and Edinson Volquez, who was acquired from the Rangers for outfielder Josh Hamilton.