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Padres sign reliever Tony Sipp

Feb 1, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

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According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, the Padres are close to signing left-handed reliever Tony Sipp to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Sipp really struggled with the Diamondbacks in 2013 after coming over from the Indians in a three-team trade, posting a career-high 4.78 ERA over 56 appearances. While he struck out 42 batters in 37 2/3 innings, he averaged 5.3 BB/9 and left-handed batters produced a .270/.372/.486 batting line against him. The 30-year-old was designated for assignment by Arizona in September.

The Padres have already added left-handers Alex Torres and Patrick Schuster this offseason, but Sipp will attempt to win a bullpen job in the spring.

UPDATE: Andrew Rickli of Sports Reel Boston reports that the deal is done.

  1. isaiah432013 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    “Top” reliever…….

  2. isaiah432013 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    “Top Reliever” ?
    left-handed batters produced a .270/.372/.486 batting line against him……. I guess we know why the Diamondbacks released him…

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