A former draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds, Ben Lively signed a minor-league pact to rejoin his former team this spring. The Reds signed Lively to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, and if the 29-year-old can replicate his performance from his time in the KBO, there's a chance he can land spot in the Reds bullpen.
Ben Lively is getting a new opportunity to return to Major League Baseball with the team that first launched his pro career. Lively, 29, a Gulf Breeze High graduate, was signed Thursday by the Cincinnati Reds to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to the Reds’ Major League spring training camp.
If you feel like you may be in a bit of a time warp, let me reassure you that you probably are not. Ben Lively has signed with the Cincinnati Reds on a minor league deal, which you may have heard before, but this is the second time he’s done so. This time around he gets an invitation to big league spring training.
Way, way, way back in the day, the good folks in the Red Reporter blogosphere combined to place RHP Ben Lively at #10 in their Community Prospect Rankings, noting the former 4th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds boasted a four-pitch arsenal that could find him in the middle of the team’s rotation at some point.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2013 and traded six months later for Marlon Byrd, right-handed pitcher Ben Lively is returning to his former organization. The Reds signed the 29-year-old Lively to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lively hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2019, spending the last three years as a starting pitcher in Korea.
Lively signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday. Lively's deal with Cincinnati includes an invitation to major-league spring training this year. The right-hander has spent the last three seasons in the KBO, and he posted a 4.14 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 202.1 innings across 36 starts with the Samsung Lions.