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Reds sign left-hander Scott Diamond to minor league deal

The former Twins starter will join Cincinnati's organization on a minor league deal.

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed 27-year-old left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond to a minor league deal, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The former Minnesota Twins' starting pitcher will head straight to Triple-A Louisville.

Diamond has yet to pitch in the majors in 2014, posting a dismal 6.52 ERA and 2.14 K/BB in 80 innings at Triple-A Rochester this season. The Twins released him over the weekend in order to make room for right-hander Trevor May on Rochester's roster.

Diamond made 52 major league starts, all with the Twins, from 2011 to 2013, tallying 343 innings with a 4.43 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 1.44 K/BB, and 1.4 WAR. His best season came in 2012, when he made 27 starts and was arguably Minnesota's best starter. In 173 innings, he posted a 3.54 ERA, 3.94 FIP, and 2.4 WAR. He led the AL with a minuscule 1.6 BB/9, but lacked the ability to consistently miss bats, notching a K/9 of just 4.7. Diamond's performance fell off last season, as he put up a 5.43 ERA and -1.0 WAR.