Reds Sign Fred Lewis

The Reds announced that they signed Fred Lewis to a one-year deal (Twitter link). It's a $900K major league deal, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon (on Twitter).  Scott Leventhal and Damon Lapa represent Lewis.

Until last week, Jay Bruce was the lone left-handed hitter in the Reds' outfield. Drew StubbsJonny Gomes and Chris Heisey all bat from the right side, so the team signed Jeremy Hermida and Lewis, two left-handed hitters.

Lewis, 30, hit .262/.332/.414 in 480 plate appearances for the Blue Jays after they acquired him from the Giants early in the season. Though he mostly played left field, Lewis did play some center and right in 2010. He contributed 31 doubles and 17 steals, mostly as Toronto's leadoff hitter, before the Blue Jays cut ties with him at last month's non-tender deadline. 

Lewis has less than four years of big league service time, so the Reds can keep him through 2013 by offering arbitration.

The signing presumably eliminates the possibility that the Reds sign Scott Podsednik. The team also officially announced its one-year deal with Edgar Renteria.


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50 Comments on "Reds Sign Fred Lewis"


Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

For some reason I just really like this deal. A lot.

FriedCalamari
4 years 6 months ago

I agree that it’s a pretty good deal for the price. I think he will do well for the Reds.

rockiesfan_303
4 years 6 months ago

Did he come up when Dusty was still managing the Giants? Or is there no connection. Either way I think this is a solid move for Cincy and he could turn into a solid leadoff hitter.

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

i really liked lewis but i didnt like his diva attitude and terrible defense. his bat and swagger i was impressed by

4 years 6 months ago

It fits the Reds considering their financial restraints and need for a platoon player for Jonny Gomes/lead off hitter.

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

I guess this eliminates the chance of Hermida making the team, unless he has a Carl Crawford-type spring

gs01
4 years 6 months ago

It’s funny when Fred came to TO first everyone loved him, but eventually everyone got tired of him. He’s lucky he had Cito at the helm or he wouldn’t have even got that much playing time.

ARod's Ring
4 years 6 months ago

can somebody tell me what’s so special about this bum? 270s career average, strikes out a ton, bad defense, diva attitude…

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

not many 4th OF can put up a career .270 avg

robdicken
4 years 6 months ago

How is a .270 career average “a bum?”

4 years 6 months ago

You will see. Horrible defense. Great speed very bad baserunner. 3rd grade education. Should I continue?

robdicken
4 years 6 months ago

Do you have statistics to back those claims up? With the “3rd grade education” remark, I am going to go with a big “NO” on that one.

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

fred lewis is a really nice bat coming off the bench and can even pass as a starter, for 900k there’s really nothing to hate about this move. unless he starts b***ing about playing time…

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

thats the thing. he doesnt want to be a bench player and thats the reason toronto didnt want to resign him. i really like lewis off the bench but mark my words he will be complaining about playing time

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

ya, he probably had no business getting 480 plate appearances last season and even that wasn’t good enough for him so i wouldn’t at all be shocked by him complaining more, but if he gets off to a hot start or something and the reds are able to ride him for a while and get enough production out of him before he turns really sour (like what happened in TO last season), the 900k can be easily justified.

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

agreed! thats exactly what happened in T.O last year. we played him while he was hot and then he came back down to earth just in time for snider’s return from injury. thats when the drama started. i remember him saying something along the lines of “it amazes me that i dont play everyday, i dont get it”

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

i remember a travis snider interview where he said he and fred lewis used to talk together about their situation and their playing times, hearing that made me even more amazed at how clueless fred lewis is. you’d think after 2 minutes of a 22 year old top prospect explaining to you why he feels he deserves more playing time you’d be like, “oh…true, ya”

RMR
4 years 6 months ago

Just curious if somebody could link to an article about his bad attitude. Also, did the Jays have much in the way of clubhouse leadership?

As for what the Reds see in him, it’s his ability to find first base. As for his poor defense, watch Jonny Gomes for awhile and get back to me. Upgrades are relative.

4 years 6 months ago

I never understood why he complained about playing time near the end of the season. Since he was playing with an injury (heel?) and had surgery after the season.

okbluejays
4 years 6 months ago

This is actually a solid signing for that amount of money.

baseballz
4 years 6 months ago

Lewis is not that bad. Just don’t go thinking he has speed and the ability to steal bases. That was the big knock against him here in Toronto; the media saw a guy who ‘looked’ fast, and when he failed to steal bases effectively they really started to dump on him. His lack of speed also hurts him on D since he’s terrible at reading the ball off the bat from the outfield.

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

$900K is a good deal for lewis. he is a fast base runner and average base stealer

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

My Opening Day lineup:
Lewis………….LF
Phillips………..2B
Votto…………1B
Bruce…………RF
Rolen…………3B
Stubbs……….CF
Hernandez……C
Renteria/Janish……SS
Arroyo…………P

4 years 6 months ago

That depends…Gomes will definitely be starting over Lewis if they face a LHP.

4 years 6 months ago

They’ll be facing Zack Greinke on opening day…

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

off topic here but im still damn pissed that the Reds outbid the Jays for Chapman lol

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

same. But it was a risky signing for both teams. It wasn’t like he was a surefire top prospect at the time

gs01
4 years 6 months ago

The 1 good memory I’ll have of Lewis is when he took Jenks deep for a 3 run shot in the 9th to give Jays the lead, but other then that not much at all.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

he doesn’t really lack speed… he’s pretty fast actually
but he doesn’t know how to run on the bases or read and take good paths to balls

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

Well, he’s no Crawford or Werth but I’m sure you’ll all agree with me that he’s better than Podsednik?

firstavenger
4 years 6 months ago

angels have NO OTHER EXCUSE TO NOT SIGN podsednik.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 6 months ago

Good luck Freddy, I’m going to laugh when your complaining about playing time…..you had 480 at bats! Not a bad deal though 900k. As a Jays fan I’m looking forward to seeing rajai Davis flying around the Skydome!

gmenfan
4 years 6 months ago

Looks like the Reds have stopped collecting old Cardinals and are focusing on ex-Giants now. Have fun with both !

4 years 6 months ago

Haha I think this is sarcasm, either way, that’s what I’m taking it as.

robdicken
4 years 6 months ago

Oh good lord, not this crap again. *rolls eyes*

nathanalext
4 years 6 months ago

Every free agent or trade acquisition player has played for at least one other team. There are plenty “ex-Reds” floating around the league as well.

robdicken
4 years 6 months ago

I wonder if Jeremy Affeldt ever played for the Reds? LOL

4 years 6 months ago

Ladies and gents, keep in mind all this negativity surrounding Lewis is in the past. A smaller contract and non-guaranteed starting spot may actually be a humbling experience, and Cincinnati may represent a fresh start. He’s also nearly five (5) years younger than Podsednik