Ross Ohlendorf didn't remain unemployed very long after being released by the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Last Monday, Ohlendorf opted out of his minor league contract giving the Royals 48 hours to add him to their 40-man roster or they had to release the right-hander. The Royals opted to cut ties with the righty, who had struggled during Spring Training.
The Reds have signed him to a one-year Major League contract in an effort to fortify their bullpen. Ohlendorf worked 19.1 innings for the Rangers last season, and has pitched eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Yankees, Pirates, Padres and Nationals. The Reds found a veteran right-hand arm to go with Jumbo Diaz to work behind closer J.J. Hoover.