Cincinnati Reds Sign Former 1st-Round Pick Shortstop

The Cincinnati Reds make another interesting signing.

This time, the Reds have signed shortstop Richie Martin to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

Martin is a solid defensive player, but has really struggled offensively in the majors, posting an underwhelming .212/.261/.311 triple-slash line, with seven home runs, 34 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 42 runs scored across 170 games in the majors.

The twenty-eight-year-old is a former first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2015 MLB Draft.

The speedy shortstop fared better in the minors last season, recording a decent .250 batting average, with two home runs, 25 RBIs and 29 stolen bases over 292 at-bats.

Martin adds to the Reds' depth heading into the 2023 season. There's a chance he makes the team's Opening Day roster and, at worst, he's a good bench option that could come in handy when speed and good defense are needed. 
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