Reds sign Meadows to Minors deal
Veteran reliever receives Spring Training invitation
CINCINNATI -- The Reds added more competition for spots on the pitching staff Thursday when they signed veteran reliever Brian Meadows to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.Meadows was 3-6 with a 5.17 ERA and eight saves in 53 games last season for the Devil Rays. A Major Leaguer since 1998, the right-hander has also pitched for the Marlins, Royals, Padres and Pirates. In 336 career games, including 122 starts, Meadows is 47-62 with a 5.05 ERA. In other news, the Reds agreed to terms on one-year contracts with left-hand pitchers Jon Coutlangus and Phil Dumatrait, right-handed pitcher Calvin Medlock, outfielder Chris Dickerson and first baseman Joey Votto. That gave Cincinnati 23 signed players on the 40-man roster for next season.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.