Posted November 11, 2013

Report: Reds to sign catcher Brayan Pena to two-year contract

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Brayan Pena was a backup for the Tigers in their World Series run. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Brayan Pena has been a career backup with the Braves, Royals and Tigers. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Reds have agreed to a two-year contract with catcher Brayan Pena, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Rojas reports the deal is for a minimum $1.25 million.

Pena, 32, likely will be the Reds’ backup catcher, the role he had last season for the Tigers. He is a lifetime .258 hitter with 18 home runs and 120 RBIs and has never played more than 72 games in a season in stops with the Braves, Royals and Tigers.

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His addition could free up Ryan Hanigan for a trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Hanigan is arbitration-eligible and hit a paltry .198 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 2013.

https://twitter.com/Enrique_Rojas1/status/398833457117163520

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/398837109051908097


4 comments
GregJudy
GregJudy

Even though Hanigan had a bad year at the plate, he was instrumental in Homer Bailey's 2 no-hitters. He calls a great game and he is great defensively. I think the Reds will miss him a lot.

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

It's time to give Mez the starting nod.