Friday, November 8, 2013

Reds ink switch-hitting catcher Brayan Pena

Brayan Pena is the latest player to join the fold in Cincinnati as the Reds have reportedly reached a two-year deal with the 31-year-old catcher.

Pena, who has played in parts of nine seasons in the big leagues, batted .297/.315/.297 in 71 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2013, where he served as the backup catcher.

The Cuban native owns a slash line of .258/.292/.359 in his career, which also includes four seasons with the Kansas City Royals, and four seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

Pena's signing is definitely an interesting one as the Redlegs already possess two catchers on their roster in Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco. This could very well mean the end for the 33-year-old Hanigan in the Queen City, though. Hanigan batted just .198/.306/.261 a season ago, but despite his offensive woes, he could still attract interest from other teams by way of a trade.

As for Mesoraco, the Reds aren't ready to give up on him just yet.

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