Reds sign former Yankee Crosby

Reds sign former Yankee Crosby

CINCINNATI -- Looking to add some outfield depth and more competition, the Reds signed outfielder Bubba Crosby to a one-year contract worth $400,000 on Friday.

By signing him to a Major League deal, Cincinnati protected Crosby on its 40-man roster. But he's not assured a 25-man roster spot for Opening Day 2007. The 30-year-old will go to Spring Training and compete for a job as a reserve outfielder.

"We're getting a guy that's been on winning teams, that plays the game the right way, that always plays it hard and can play all three outfield positions," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "We're happy to have him."

Crosby, a left-handed hitter, has split the past three seasons shuttling between the Yankees and Triple-A Columbus. He batted .207 with one home run and six RBIs in 2006 for New York and .238 in 22 games for Columbus.

Originally part of the Dodgers organization, Crosby broke into the Majors in 2003 and has posted a career .216 batting average and a .255 on-base percentage in 205 big-league games. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 5 and became a six-year Minor League free agent after the season.

"He knows what kind of hitter he is and what he needs to work on," Krivsky said. "It's somebody we've had interest in, and he got our attention when he came over on the wire. We wanted to sign him."

More RSVPs: The Reds announced that infielder Juan Castro, pitcher Brandon Claussen, new hitting coach Brook Jacoby, new pitching coach Dick Pole, new broadcaster Jeff Brantley and former players Eric Davis, Lee May, Ted Power and Chris Sabo are among the latest to join the guest list for Redsfest 2006.

Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Freel Todd Coffey, Kent Mercker, Javier Valentin and manager Jerry Narron are among those who have already committed to attending the event, to be held Dec. 1 and 2 at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.