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Springer signs... With the Reds

Former Cardinals reliever Russ Springer has signed a contract to play for the Reds.

According to reports, the deal pays him a pro-rated portion of $850,000. With the season slightly more than half over, Springer could walk away with a little better than $400,000.

Inactive since last season when he pitched for Oakland and Tampa (following the Cardinals' rejection of his offer to play in St. Louis for a discount,) Springer plans to go to Class AAA Louisville to get his arm into shape for a couple of weeks before joining the big club for the stretch run.

Springer is 36-45 over his career with a 4.52 ERA. But in the last five years, he is 16-12 with a 3.33 ERA. During his time in St. Louis, Springer was 10-2 with a 2.24 ERA and he was also a positive example and mentor for some of the club's younger pitchers. That's probably a large part of why the Reds wanted Springer on board because they have several talented but very young pitchers on their roster.