In their first move of the offseason, the Cincinnati Reds have signed right-handed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal with a club option for a third year, the team announced Tuesday. The 32-year-old Hughes had been non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers last month. Hughes will make $2.125 million in each of the next two seasons, according to a source. His club option for 2020 is valued at $3 million with a buyout of $250,000. There are some performance bonuses included, the source said. Signing Hughes checks perhaps the most significant box on the Reds' shopping list this winter. His addition to the bullpen mix fills the role of been-around-the-block veteran held by Drew Storen last year, and will provide some stability to a unit that lacks track record beyond closer Raisel Iglesias. Hughes is also very familiar to the Reds after playing his entire career in the National League Central. From 2011-16, Hughes recorded a 2.82 ERA in more than 300 relief innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates released him before Opening Day of this past season.
The Reds sign reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal
Cincinnati Enquirer | Dec 26