Reds, Coleman agree to Minor League deal

Right-hander expected to compete for bullpen spot in Spring Training

Reds, Coleman agree to Minor League deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds made another move with hopes of fortifying their bullpen Tuesday when right-handed reliever Louis Coleman was signed to a Minor League contract. Coleman was also invited to big league camp at Spring Training, the club announced.

Last season, in his lone year with the Dodgers, the 30-year-old Coleman had a 4.69 ERA over a career-high 61 appearances. In 48 innings of work, he had a 1.438 WHIP and 45 strikeouts. He dealt with shoulder fatigue in August and struggled down the stretch, carrying a 10.80 ERA over his final 11 games.

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Cincinnati, which had a liability with its bullpen in 2016, signed former closer Drew Storen to a one-year, $3 million contract plus incentives last week. Coleman will have an opportunity to compete for one of the seven or eight spots this spring.

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From 2011-15, Coleman was a member of the Royals and had a 2.69 ERA over 117 games during his first three big league seasons. But he was beset by injuries in '14 and '15.

Coleman is one of 20 non-roster invitees the Reds currently have slated to be in camp, which opens when pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 13.

The Reds have invited the following to Spring Training:


Alejandro Chacin, Coleman, Ismael Guillon, Vladimir Gutierrez, Jimmy Herget, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Mahle, Evan Mitchell, Nick Routt and Kevin Shackelford.


Rob Brantly, Chad Wallach and Shawn Zarraga


Brandon Dixon, Tony Renda, Zach Vincej


Sebastian Elizalde, Gabriel Guerrero, Hernan Iribarren and Patrick Kivlehan

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.