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Louis Coleman signs minor league contract with Reds

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RHP was non-tendered by Dodgers on Dec. 2

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LOS ANGELES — Former Dodgers pitcher Louis Coleman signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, a deal that includes a non-roster invitation to spring training, the team announced on Tuesday.

Coleman posted a 4.69 ERA and 4.31 FIP in 61 games in the Dodgers bullpen in 2016, with 45 strikeouts and 24 walks in 48 innings. The right-hander held right-handed batters to hitting .232/.302/.394.

He signed a major league deal with the Dodgers last year after five years with the Kansas City Royals.

Out of options and eligible for salary arbitration after earning $725,000 in 2016, Coleman was not tendered a contract for 2017 by the Dodgers on Dec. 2, making him a free agent.

Coleman, who turns 31 in April, has a 3.51 ERA in six major league seasons, appearing in 213 games in relief for the Royals and Dodgers, with 231 strikeouts and 102 walks in 225⅓ innings.