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Cincinnati Reds sign Todd Frazier, add two relievers

The Cincinnati Reds signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year contract over the weekend as well as a pair of right-handed pitchers to bolster their bullpen.

The Reds gave Frazier a two-year contract worth $12 million, avoiding arbitration.

Frazier, who turns 29 on Thursday, will make $4.5 million plus a signing bonus this season and $7.5 million in 2016. He’s a .258 career hitter but made his All-Star debut in 2014. He batted .273 with a career-high 29 home runs which was tied for first in the majors for third baseman with former Oakland Athletic turned Toronto Blue Jay, Josh Donaldson.

Frazier also had career highs in on-base percentage (.336), slugging percentages (.459), OPS (.795) and games played (157). He has been with the Reds for parts of the past four seasons, having made his MLB debut for Cincinnati on May 23, 2011.

Over the weekend the Reds also signed right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop, who turned 32 on Sunday, to a one-year $1 million contract that includes a mutual option for $4 million in 2016 with a $1.5 million buyout.

Badenhop who’s been in the big leagues for seven seasons, most recently played for the Boston Red Sox in 2014. He went 0-3 in 70 relief appearances for the Red Sox and posted a 2.29 ERA over 70.2 innings.

The Reds were busy this weekend, also signing righty reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal. Gregg last pitched for the Miami Marlins in 2014. He had a rough time in Florida pitching just nine innings in 12 outings for the Marlins and posted a 10.00 ERA.

In 2013 Gregg, who is currently 36, was much better. He pitched 62 innings for the Chicago Cubs that season posting a 3.48 ERA on the year. His career ERA is a slightly higher 4.15 but if he pitches well in spring training he has a good chance of earning a spot in the Reds bullpen.

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