Reds ink Burke to Minor League deal
Former top Draft pick to compete for spot in Spring Training
The Reds may not have made any major moves during the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, but they did sign Chris Burke to a Minor League deal, general manager Walt Jocketty told CNATI.com on Thursday.
Burke, a former first-round pick by the Astros in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, played in 32 games for the Padres in '09 -- batting .207 -- and also played in the Mariners' and Braves' Triple-A affiliates. In 83 Minor League games, the 29-year-old right-handed hitter combined to bat .279 with four homers, 35 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.
In six seasons in the Majors, Burke is a .239 hitter with experience mostly at second base and left field. He's also played center field, shortstop, right field, first base and third base.
"I think we see him as a potential candidate for the utility role on the Major League club, and if nothing else, he'll play at [Triple-A] Louisville," Jocketty told CNATI.com "He's from Louisville, it's his hometown, and he's very excited about the possibility to play for either club. He's an experienced guy that might be able to help us."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.