Brett Kennedy returns as Reds' flurry of minor-league signings continue

The Cincinnati Reds have added yet another arm to their pitching staff.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brett Kennedy
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brett Kennedy / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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The Cincinnati Reds continue to add depth to their minor leagues. According to MLB.com, Brett Kennedy has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds.

No, this isn't the flashy, frontline starter that every fan throughout Reds Country is hoping to see signed to a five-year deal, but Kennedy brings experience and versatility to Cincinnati's roster.

Most likely, Kennedy's deal includes an invite to spring training where the right-hander will be competing for a spot in the starting rotation, or perhaps, in the bullpen. Kennedy still has minor-league options remaining, which could come in useful if the 29-year-old receives a call-up.

Reds news: Brett Kennedy signs minor-league deal

The Cincinnati Reds have made a flurry of minor-league signings over the past couple of weeks. In addition to Brett Kennedy, Brooks Kriske, Hernán Pérez, Conner Capel, and Erik Gonzalez have all been inked to minor-league deals.

While some fans will downplay these types of signings, it's necessary for teams to add depth to their minor league systems in order to weather the storm of potential injuries or the regression of young players.

Last season, Kennedy, Alejo Lopez, Jason Vosler, Silvino Bracho, and Michael Mariot all played some sort of role in the Reds' success. With so many minor leaguers exercising their right to free agency this offseason, it's necessary for Nick Krall and the Reds front office to replenish what they've lost.

Derek Law, Buck Farmer, and Ben Lively are just a few of the club's major league losses, but players like Chuckie Robinson, Henry Ramos, Matt Reynolds, and Ricky Karcher have all signed elsewhere as well.

Re-signing Brett Kennedy isn't going to move the needle, but it's the type of move that helps offset potential injuries. After seeing so many pitchers hit the IL in 2023, the Cincinnati Reds are wise to keep adding arms to the club's minor league system.

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