The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign a minor league contract with veteran right-handed pitcher Zack Godley.
The Reds are 40/1 to win the World Series in 2022 and the 31-year-old was a regular on the Arizona Diamondbacks staff from 2015-2019, peaking with a 3.37 ERA in 155 innings during the 2017 season.
Following a disastrous 2019 season Godley was designated for assignment late in the year. After posting a 6.00 ERA with Arizona, he landed in Toronto and was used in the bullpen for the rest of the season.
He has had brief stints with the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers since then, although his time in Boston was interrupted by a flexor strain.
He only appeared in two games with Milwaukee, allowing six runs in 3 and a third innings.
The Reds' current rotation doesn't offer a lot of opportunity for Godley beyond a potential placing of fifth pitcher. Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle and Vladimir Gutierrez all stake claims to starting jobs.
However, Cincinnati are expected to listen to trade positions for Gray, Castillo and Mahle after general manager Nick Krall spoke of a need to align our payroll to our resources early in the offseason.
The Reds reportedly engaged in trade talks surrounding all three prior to the lockout, it seems unlikely though that all three will be moved on.
The Reds have plenty of competition should spring training start. Lefty Reiver Sanmartin had a big season in Double-A/Triple-A and fared well in his debut late in 2021.
Right-hander Riley O'Brien had a decent showing in Triple-A last year himself and is already on the 40-man roster.
Top prospects Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo are expected to make their big league debuts this coming year as well.