The Reds announced they’ve signed right-hander Tayron Guerrero to a minor league contract. The deal comes with an invite to big league spring training.
Guerrero, 32 on Monday, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2019, and spent the last year in Japan. He turned in a productive year for the Chiba Lotte Marines, working to a 3.52 ERA in 46 innings of relief work. He gave up just two home runs all year, and struck out 12.3 batters per nine innings.
Originally signed out of Colombia by the Padres back in 2016, Guerrero pitched just two innings for San Diego before being flipped to Miami in the 2016 deadline deal headlined by Andrew Cashner. He’d get plenty of opportunities in the Marlins’ bullpen, but wouldn’t have much success, and between 2018-19 Guerrero pitched to a 5.80 ERA over 104 innings of relief work. His strikeout rate was a tick above average, but he struggled with free passes, and wound up with a career walk rate of 13.6%, well above the league average of 8.4%.
He spent the 2021 season at Triple-A with the White Sox, but after failing to make the major league roster at all that season he was released and signed on to play in Japan. Guerrero boasted a 99mph fastball but like a lot of hard throwers he struggled with command. He gave up just 3.9 walks per nine innings in Japan though, so if he can bring that improved control back to the US he could turn himself into a serviceable reliever for the Reds.