The Cincinnati Reds have signed catcher Brayan Pena.
The deal is reportedly worth two years, per ESPN Desportes’ Enrique Rojas. It will only be consummated when he passes a physical scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12. Rojas cites a source who says he will earn $1.25 million next season.
According to C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds currently have two catchers in their lineup in Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco. The former is aribitration-elgible and could test the market in 2014.
Rosencrans adds the 33-year-old Hanigan, who took home $2.05 million last season, could still be coveted by several other teams in spite of his paltry output in 2013, when he batted a career-low .198.
Hanigan is a veteran catcher known for his defensive prowess, a facet which several teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, need.
Pena’s acqiusition is the Reds’ latest attempt to fire up their offense which general manager Walt Jocketty emphasized in an interview with MLB.com.
“You have to try and improve the offense. This could be another hitter in the lineup. If we lose (Shin-Soo) Choo, we’ll have to address the leadoff situation again. There’s really no clear answer to that right now.”
In Pena’s nine-year major league career which he has spent in parts with the Atlanta Braves (2005-2008), Kansas City Royals (2008-2012) and Detroit Tigers (2013), he has batted .258 to go along with 18 home runs and 120 RBIs.
His lone season in Detroit saw him batting .297 with four home runs and 22 RBIs.