The Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Scott Diamond to a minor league deal according to Darren Wolfson of 1500espn.com.
Diamond began the year on the disabled list after undergoing an offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. Originally supposed to be a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, he instead continued his rehabilitation. Once healthy enough to pitch, he fell short and went 6-13 with a 5.43 ERA before a demotion to Triple-A. Over the past two seasons, he has spend the majority of his time in the majors with the Twins. In his first complete season in 2012, he pitched in 173 innings where he compiled a 12-9 record in addition to an exceptional 3.54 ERA. That season he lead the league in walks per nine innings.
Scott Diamond to Reds, per source. Had a few offers. Will report to AAA. #mntwins
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) July 16, 2014
Once playing in Triple-A, Diamond played even worse. He posted a 6.52 ERA and 2.13 K/BB in eighty innings out of the rotation. He was then released over the past weekend to clear a spot on the roster.
In a rather short major league career, spanning from 2011 to 2013, Diamond has recorded a 19-27 record, while tallying 342 innings, along with a 4.43 ERA, 1.44 K/BB, 1.4 WAR and a 4.46 FIP.
Now with the Reds organization, Diamond has a chance to turn it around and make an impact in their Triple-A affiliate. The acquisition adds left-handed pitching depth to the roster, however he will need to prove he can pitch well again and for the time being is merely an average addition to the team.