The Reds announced that infielder Cheslor Cuthbert has been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team’s big league Spring Training camp. The Reds also officially announced that Dwight Smith Jr. was signed to a minors deal, as was reported yesterday.
Cuthbert signed a minor league deal with the White Sox last winter that resulted in a single MLB game and plate appearance in 2020, and he was also outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster. Best known for his days with the Royals from 2015-19, Cuthbert was a starting third baseman for K.C. in 2016 but worked mostly as a reserve, hitting .250/.300/.378 over 1160 plate appearances in a Royals uniform.
With experience at both corner infield positions, Cuthbert will provide some veteran depth for Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez at the Triple-A level, or from Cincinnati’s bench if he wins a job on the Opening Day roster.