The Cincinnati Reds are reuniting with two former big leaguers. They have signed right-handed pitchers Tim Adleman and Kevin Shackelford for the 2019 season. Both signed minor league contracts. The moves were first reported by Andersen Pickard.
Kevin Shackelford pitched with the Cincinnati Reds in both 2017 and 2018. In 2017 he posted a 4.70 ERA in 26 games across 30.2 innings with 13 walks and 38 strikeouts. In 2018 he only made five appearances with the big league club, posting a 7.88 ERA in 8.0 innings with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. His last game pitched was on May 19th. He wound up tearing his UCL in his pitching elbow. He was released by the Reds on June 5th. The team still had to pay him through his rehab stint. If he pitches in 2019, it won’t be until the second half of the season.
Tim Adleman pitched with Cincinnati in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016 he posted a 4.00 ERA in 69.2 innings. In 2017 that ERA jumped to 5.51 in 122.1 innings. Home runs and walks jumped up quite a bit that season, but his strikeout rate also jumped up, too. In 2018 he signed with the Samsung Lions in the KBO. He made $950,000, and got another $100,000 as a signing bonus to take his talents to Korea. Adleman made 31 starts there and threw 171.0 innings with 54 walks and 137 strikeouts. You can see his full stats here (they aren’t on Baseball-Reference) for his 2018 season.
With Shackelford still recovering from Tommy John surgery, he certainly won’t be getting an invitation to big league spring training. It’s unknown at this point if the signing of Tim Adleman came with an invitation to spring training or not.