Friday, February 1, 2013

Reds sign catcher Miguel Olivo


On Friday, the Reds added some depth at the catcher position by signing free agent Miguel Olivo to a minor league deal, which includes an invitation to spring training.

The 34-year-old spent the 2012 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Olivo appeared in 87 games and batted .222 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs.

Cincinnati will be the seventh franchise the MLB veteran has played for. Olivo has previously played for the White Sox, Royals, Marlins, Rockies, Padres, and of course, the Mariners.

He owns a career slash line of .241/.275/.418 in 11 big league seasons.

He is undoubtedly being brought in to push for playing time against Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan.

The Reds pulled a similar move last offseason when they inked catcher Dioner Navarro to a contract. After spending most of the season at Triple-A Louisville, Navarro proved to be a valuable asset toward the end of the regular season once promoted. And he even earned a spot on Cincy's NLDS roster.

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