CINCINNATI -- The Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon off waivers from the Orioles on Tuesday. Simon had been with Baltimore since he broke into the big leagues in 2008. Expected to be used in Cincinnati's bullpen, the 30-year-old is 8-12 lifetime with a 5.18 ERA in 78 games, including 36 starts. As a reliever last season, Simon was 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 1/3 innings over seven games. For his career as a reliever, he's 5-3 with a 5.21 ERA in 59 appearances. "I'm studying him now," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We told everybody we would still be looking over the waiver wire and seeing if we could find somebody with big league experience. It appears that we found somebody."
Last season, Simon was 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 23 games (16 starts). As a starter, he went 3-9 with a 5.15 ERA in 19 games. "Pitching in that AL East, period, is a tough division," Baker said. The Reds have not announced a corresponding move to make room for Simon on the 25-man roster. Originally expected to compete for a spot in the Orioles' starting rotation this spring, Simon allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits over nine innings in his four outings (two starts). All but one of those runs came in his final appearance with the club, when he gave up six runs on six hits in just two innings against the Blue Jays last Wednesday.