Reds sign LHP Affeldt

CINCINNATI (TICKER) —The Cincinnati Reds continued to reshape their pitching staff Wednesday, signing free agent lefthander Jeremy Affeldt to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but reported that the deal is worth $3 million.

Affeldt is the third offseason pitching acquisition for the Reds, who previously signed closer Francisco Cordero and acquired righthander Edinson Volquez in a trade with the Texas Rangers.

While Affeldt, 28, spent all of last season as a reliever with the National League champion Colorado Rockies, he is expected to battle for a spot in the Reds’ rotation.

Cincinnati’s rotation is unsettled after righthanders Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo.

“He’s very versatile and has done both,” Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. “But the idea of his coming over here is to compete for a spot in our starting rotation this spring.”

Affeldt went 4-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 75 appearances out of the bullpen for the Rockies last season.

He has a career mark of 25-27 with a 4.74 ERA in 286 career appearances, including 42 starts.

Affeldt, however, has experienced limited success as a starter, going 8-17 with a 5.41 ERA while with the Kansas City Royals. He became a full-time reliever when the Royals traded him to the Rockies on July 31, 2006.

Krivsky said the Reds became interested in Affeldt when they learned that he still wanted to start.

“When we heard it was something he still wanted to do, that was music to our ears,” Krivsky said. “Our scouts have really liked his stuff for a long time.”

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Updated Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008