Hoover signed a minor league contract with Arizona on Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training and could be worth up to $900,000 if he makes the team. Hoover had a disastrous end to his time in Cincinnati, posting a 13.50 ERA over 18.2 innings before being demoted to Triple-A Louisville. The 29-year-old joins a D-Backs bullpen which allowed 311 earned runs in 2016, second most in the majors.
Hoover will not be re-signed by the Reds, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. According to general manager Dick Williams, "it's not in the plans to have him [in Cincinnati]". Hoover spent a bit of time as the Reds closer and is still arbitration-eligible, but the fact that he coughed up 28 earned runs in just 18.2 innings pitched could make things difficult for the right-hander this offseason.
Hoover cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Hoover was designated for assignment after compiling a 4.76 ERA over his last 10 appearances for Triple-A Louisville but did not get picked up by another club during his waiver period and will remain with Cincinnati. He'll head back to Louisville where he'll reassume a 3.71 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 26.2 innings for the minor league affiliate.
Hoover was crushed by the Cubs in the 15th inning Tuesday, giving up five runs on three hits, including a grand slam homer by Javy Baez. Hoover's also walked two batters in the loss. His line nearly mirrored his most recent disaster last weekend against the Padres, though at least in that one he managed to get two strikeouts. He has allowed homers in three consecutive outings and has given up a whopping nine homers in 18 appearances for the season.
Hoover was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Hoover opened up the season as the Reds' closer but struggled mightily in that capacity, ultimately posting unsightly numbers with a 14.34 ERA and 2.34 WHIP over 10.2 innings before being sent down to the minors. The 28-year-old reported making a mechanical adjustment and was able to get straightened out somewhat in the minors, but he doesn't figure to slot back into a back-of-the-bullpen role immediately upon rejoining the big league club.