Pitcher J.J. Hoover, Diamondbacks agree to minor league deal

Jan 13, 2017, 10:26 AM | Updated: 10:58 am
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover (60) delivers during a baseball game against the Pittsbu...
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover (60) delivers during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Right-handed pitcher J.J. Hoover agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will report to spring training on Feb. 13.

Hoover, 29, made his Major League debut in 2012 with the Cincinnati Reds where he has a 16-19 record for his career with a 4.12 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

Last year with the Reds, Hoover was 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA and 15 strikeouts before being sent to Triple-A Louisville. He returned to the Reds in mid-June but struggled and was eventually removed from the 40-man roster.

Hoover is expected to compete for a spot in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen this spring. If he earns a spot, then the team will have control of him through the 2019 season.

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