Every year teams make a number of minor-league signings with hopes of either catching lightning in a bottle or adding depth to their minor league system.
The Cincinnati Reds have made several additions already this offseason and made a few more moves this week as well.
The Reds announced on X (formerly Twitter) that the club had signed Brooks Kriske to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. But there are some other names who'll be joining the team in Goodyear as well.
Reds sign infielder Hernán Pérez, among others, to minor-league deal
According to MiLB.com, the Cincinnati Reds have signed veteran infielder Hernán Pérez to a minor-league contract and assigned him to the Triple-A Louisville. Peyton Gray was also signed by Cincinnati and assigned to Double-A Chattanooga.
Pérez has plenty of familiarity with the National League Central Division. The 32-year-old has played for the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, but has also suited up for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals.
Pérez's most recent contributions at the major league level came in 2021 when he played in 10 games for the Nats. Over his career, Pérez has hit .250/.280/.352. This addition gives Cincinnati some extra depth in their depleted upper-levels of the minor leagues.
Brooks Kriske appeared in just four games last season for the Kansas City Royals. The 29-year-old has 20 major league games under his belt with 25 punch outs in just over 21 innings of work. Much like Pérez, Kriske adds depth to the Reds' upper-level minor leagues.
Peyton Gray has spent three years in the minors after playing college ball at Florida Gulf Coast. The 29-year-old pitched for the Milwaukee Milkmen, and independent baseball team, in 2023. The right-hander posted a 1.38 ERA in 39 innings of work while striking out 62 batters.
None of these transactions are going to move the needle, but it does add some depth to the 2024 Louisville Bats roster. After watching so many prospects graduate last season, Nick Krall is adding some reinfocements to the Bats roster before the next wave of prospects move up to Triple-A.