Cincinnati relief pitcher Eddie Guardado, recovering from surgery on his throwing arm, agreed to a minor league contract, the Reds said Monday.
The 36-year-old Guardado was invited to the Reds’ major league training camp. Guardado underwent surgery in September to repair a torn ligament and tendon in his left elbow.
He took over the closer role after the Reds acquired him from Seattle in a trade July 6. He was 10-of-12 in save chances, then went on the disabled list Aug. 20.
For the season, he had 13 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 43 games for Seattle and Cincinnati.
If he is added to the major league roster, he would get a $500,000, one-year contract and the chance to make about $1.4 million in bonuses based on active roster time and $1.2 million in performance bonuses. Cincinnati would have a 2008 option that ranges from $3 million to $7 million, depending on how much he pitches this year.
Ok, maybe not 200…but it sure seems like it. I have no idea how many players have been invited to ST, but it reminds me of a “Jim Bowden camp”…throw ’em all out there and whoever has a good couple of weeks makes the team.