Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reds agree to minor league deal with veteran infielder Ramon Santiago

The Reds made another move on Wednesday. But it's probably not the kind that fans were so desperately hoping for.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Cincinnati has struck a minor league deal with free agent infielder Ramon Santiago, which could reportedly pay him up to $1.1 million this season. The contract also includes an invite to big league spring camp.

General manager Walt Jocketty has been quoted many times this winter as wanting a veteran utility player for infield insurance. It appears that the 34-year-old Santiago fits that mold.

Santiago, a 12-year MLB veteran, has the ability to play shortstop, second base, and third base, but over half of his career defensive innings have been spent at short.

The Dominican native boasts a .243/.311/.330 slash line over his major league career. However, he has posts numbers below his career norm in each of the last two seasons.

Originally signed by the Tigers as an amateur in 1998, 10 of his 12 years have been spent in Detroit, with parts of two campaigns spent in Seattle.

Santiago will join a large contingent of players vying for a roster spot on Cincinnati's Opening Day roster. But Santiago may have an edge over others due to his experience and financial stake. Another factor he has going in his favor is that the Reds have carried a player similar to his caliber in each of the past three years. Edgar Renteria served as the primary backup shortstop in 2011, Wilson Valdez in 2012, and Cesar Izturis in 2013.

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