The Reds and Mike Stanton have reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year deal with a vesting option for a third year.
It wasn't too long ago that both the Mets and the Yankees were eager to rid themselves of Stanton, and he accepted a one-year, $1 million contract from the Nationals last winter. Two good months with the Giants sure did change a lot. It looks like the Reds will have at least three lefties in next year's pen, but no member of the group qualifies as a specialist. Neither Stanton nor Rheal Cormier has much of a split against left-handers, and Bill Bray is on his way to being a quality setup man. Stanton doesn't have the same kind of stuff he once did, but he's durable and he's pitched in every situation the game has to offer. The Reds can't expect better than a 4.00 ERA, but he'll likely be OK.