Reds, with uncertain pitching plan, land Affeldt in one-year deal

Updated: January 23, 2008, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Jeremy Affeldt wanted another chance to start, and he knew the Cincinnati Reds had holes in their rotation.

Jeremy Affeldt


"My heart skipped a beat when they offered that deal," Affeldt said Wednesday after he and the Reds finalized a one-year, $3 million contract. "It was a great opportunity for me. The deals that were on the table, my heart wasn't really in it."

Affeldt, a left-hander who has experience starting and relieving, can make another $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts and innings.

He pitched in relief for the National League champion Colorado Rockies last season and pitched in all four games as Colorado was swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Affeldt, 28, was with the Kansas City Royals from 2002 to 2006, making 42 starts.

"We presented a scenario to him to be a starter," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "He believes he can, and we think he can. He'll have a chance to compete for one of the jobs in the rotation, we promised him that."

The Reds' starting rotation remains uncertain behind right-handers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. If Affeldt doesn't work out there, he adds a late-inning relief option.

The Reds signed closer Francisco Cordero in the offseason, which moves David Weathers into a setup role. Cincinnati also has left-handed relievers Mike Stanton, Bill Bray and Jon Coutlangus.

The Rockies got Affeldt in a July 2006 trade. Last season, he went 4-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 75 appearances, earning $1.25 million. He is 25-27 in the big leagues with a 4.74 ERA.

Although spring training is less than a month away, Affeldt said he hadn't worried about getting a deal.

"I wasn't too concerned because I know what I can do," he said. "I have every intention of winning a spot."

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