Saturday, November 16, 2013

Reds agree to minor league deals with five free agent players

The Reds have reached minor league deals with five players including: LHP Lee Hyde, 2B Rey Navarro, OF Mike Wilson, C Rossmel Perez, and C Max Ramirez.

Hyde, 28, returns to the Cincinnati organization after posting a 1.98 ERA in 55 split appearances between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville this year.

The 23-year-old Navarro joins the Reds farm system after having spent the last four seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. In 2013, Navarro posted a .283/.310/.428 slash line, 12 home runs, 21 doubles, and 58 RBI with Double-A Northwest Arkansas of the Texas League.

Wilson, 30, a former second round draft choice by the Seattle Mariners, batted an extremely healthy .300/.368/.472 with 10 home runs, 18 doubles, and 60 RBI in split time between the independent Atlantic League and Triple-A Tuscon, the top affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Perez, 24, has spent his entire professional career with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic at age 16. He posted a .245/.315/.287 line at Double-A Mobile this past season.

The 29-year-old Ramirez just finished up the campaign with Triple-A Omaha. He batted .263/.336/.375 with nine home runs, 19 doubles, and 55 RBI.

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