The Reds took an intriguing flyer on Friday, agreeing to a Minor League contract with injured right-hander Jose Arredondo. The deal includes a non-roster invitation to Spring Training.
The former Angels reliever is a promising pitcher who had a big year in 2008, but he won't pitch at all this year. That's because between now and the start of Spring Training, he will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. That procedure typically sidelines a reliever 10 months or more.
Arredondo burst onto the scene as a rookie in '08, posting a 1.62 ERA in 52 appearances (61 games) for the Angels. He struck out 55 against 22 walks and was credited with 10 wins in relief. The 2009 season was less kind, as Arredondo had a 6.00 ERA in 45 innings. Still, he managed 47 Ks in those 45 innings. Ineffectiveness early in the season led to Arredondo being optioned to Triple-A, and while he was down, he spent time on the disabled list with elbow problems.
Now he will have surgery to repair the elbow, and the hope is that he can roar back in 2011. Because he has less than two years of Major League experience, he will remain under the Reds' control after this season. So they are in position to reap the rewards in a year if Arredondo can return healthy and effective.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.