Reds sign lefty Mantiply to Minors contract

Reds sign lefty Mantiply to Minors contract

CINCINNATI -- The Reds added another reliever to compete for a bullpen spot on Tuesday when left-hander Joe Mantiply was signed to a Minor League contract. The deal came with an invitation to big league camp for Spring Training.

Mantiply, 26, spent all of the 2017 season in the Yankees' organization at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and had a 2.83 ERA in 35 games, including six starts. In 70 innings, he allowed 72 hits and 18 walks, with 62 strikeouts.

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In 2016, Mantiply made his Major League debut with the Tigers and logged a 16.88 ERA in five games, but only 2 2/3 innings. Detroit drafted Mantiply in the 27th round of the 2013 Draft.

During his overall Minor League career, Mantiply has a 2.53 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 189 games.

Last week, the Reds signed right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush to a Minor League deal and also invited him to big league camp. Save for Raisel Iglesias at closer and Wandy Peralta as a lefty setup guy, the rest of Cincinnati's bullpen roles are viewed as being in flux.

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.