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Padres sign two veteran pitchers to minor league deals

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With rotation and bullpen questions, veteran depth is a welcome reinforcement. Greg Reynolds and Casey Janssen will have the chance to resurrect their careers with the Padres this year.

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They say you can't have enough pitching depth.  As spring training is ramping up, the Padres have added some veteran depth to their pitching staff.

Last night Matt Eddy tweeted that the Padres have signed veteran righty Greg Reynolds to a minor league deal.  The deal hasn't been announced yet, so a physical may be pending.  The 30-year-old Reynolds has seen MLB action with the Rockies in 2008 and 2011, and with the Reds in 2013.  He spent the 2014 & 2015 seasons with the Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League. Taken with the second overall pick by the Rockies in 2006, Reynolds suffered a shoulder injury early in his pro career and has never been the same.  At 6'7", his height fits Preller & Balsley's "tall power" profile, but his fastball barely touched 90 the last time he was seen.  Former Padre Chris Young has seen a late-career resurgence as a tall pitcher without dominating stuff; maybe Reynolds can find similar success.  He has primarily worked as a starter and will likely start the season in El Paso.

Today the Padres officially announced the signing of another veteran righty reliever, Casey Janssen.  After spending eight years with Toronto, he spent 2015 with the Washington Nationals.  After starting during his rookie year, he's worked as a reliever through the majority of his career.  From 2012-2014, he finished 133 games for the Blue Jays, racking up 81 saves.  After putting up very good numbers from 2010-2013, he's coming off two down years, which may have been due to a drop in velocity and a shift toward an extreme fly-ball tendency.  With a minor league contract, he will have a chance to get his career back on track, potentially backing Fernando Rodney up in the closer role.  Janssen has been extended an invitation to spring training.