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May 10, 2014

Reds news: Cincinnati signs OF/1B Shelley Duncan and C Lou Marson

By on 12:48 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have continued to stay active in the free agent market during the regular season picking up first baseman/outfielder Shelley Duncan and catcher Lou Marson, signing them to minor league deals. Both players had been released by their former teams either during or after spring training; Duncan from the Diamondbacks and Marson from the Phillies.

Duncan has bounced around the MLB in his career. After joining the Reds organization, this will be a total of five different professional teams in the last six years. He has never been a headline player for any of his teams but when he burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2007 with the Yankees, he did make a name for himself and New York hoped he would continue to develop into something special.
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Eventually in 2009 he was granted free agency and in 2010 was picked up by the Cleveland Indians with whom he played three seasons, appearing in only 242 games. Throughout his stint in the Indians clubhouse he hit .231/.309/.430 with an OPS of .739. He hit 11 home runs in each season, topped out at 47 rbi in his best season and had a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.66. He spent his last professional season with the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Marson, who had been a teammate of Duncan's in Cleveland from 2010-2012 ironically shared a pretty similar stat line in an Indians jersey, with the exception of the power stats. .217/.308/.295 with an OPS of .602. Through five seasons with the team, he averaged one home run a year and drove in 58 runs. His strikeout to walk ratio was below the MLB average at 2.04. This is a guy who is patient at the plate and puts a high percentage of his at-bats end with a ball in play (66%).

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