PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 22: Wilson Valdez #21 of the Philadelphia Phillies tries to turn a double play over Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers at Citizens Bank Park on May 22, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Rangers won 2-0. (Photo…
CINCINNATI - The Reds announced several transactions on Wednesday that the team hopes will bolster its roster for 2012.
Cincinnati acquired utility player Wilson Valdez from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitcher Jeremy Horst.
Horst made 12 appearances for the Reds last season and posted a 2.93 ERA.
Valdez provides the Reds with a solid bench player. He can play third, shortstop and second base. Also, if the Reds need him to pitch, he's done that as well. Ironically, it was against the Reds last year when Valdez pitched during the 19 inning game in May.
The Reds also announced the club signed relief pitcher Nick Masset to a 2-year contract which avoids arbitration.
And what could be the final piece of the Reds' offseason moves, Cincinnati signed infielder/outfielder Willie Harris to a minor league contract. News of that signing broke earlier in the week, but wasn't officially announced until Wednesday afternoon.
However, there are some reports floating around that pitcher Roy Oswalt has expressed interest in joining the Reds.
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