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Reds Sign RHP David Hernandez To Two-Year Deal

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The Reds have signed RHP David Hernandez to a two-year deal worth a total of $5 million. Hernandez will make $2.5 million each year and can increase that figure to $3.5 million (for a total of $7 million) if he achieves certain performance-based bonuses each season.

The 32-year-old reliever is entering his ninth full season, as he missed the entire 2014 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Hernandez began his career as a starter for Baltimore in 2009, but went just 4-10 in 19 starts, posting a 5.42 ERA. After making another eight starts in 2010, he was moved permanently to the bullpen. He found success pitching in relief and hasn’t made a start since that 2010 season.

Hernandez seemed to really find himself at the beginning of last year, posting a 2.23 ERA in 36.1 innings with the Angels. After being traded to the Diamondbacks, his numbers took a bit of a hit, but he still finished the 2017 season with a 3.11 ERA in 55 innings.

Hernandez joins Jared Hughes as the only major league signings that the Reds have made this offseason.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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