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On Friday, the Reds added some depth at the catcher position by signing free agent Miguel Olivo to a minor league deal, which includes an invitation to spring training.
The 34-year-old spent the 2012 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Olivo appeared in 87 games and batted .222 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs.
Cincinnati will be the seventh franchise the MLB veteran has played for. Olivo has previously played for the White Sox, Royals, Marlins, Rockies, Padres, and of course, the Mariners.
He owns a career slash line of .241/.275/.418 in 11 big league seasons.
He is undoubtedly being brought in to push for playing time against Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan.
The Reds pulled a similar move last offseason when they inked catcher Dioner Navarro to a contract. After spending most of the season at Triple-A Louisville, Navarro proved to be a valuable asset toward the end of the regular season once promoted. And he even earned a spot on Cincy's NLDS roster.
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The Reds tweeted on their official account that OF Chris Heisey and RHP Alfredo Simon have both agreed to one-year deals with the club for 2013. By doing so, they avoid having to go to arbitration, leaving Homer Bailey, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, and Shin-Soo Choo as the players left with whom the Reds have not yet come to terms.
Heisey signed for one year at $1.325 million, according...
After initially saying that he was going to retire earlier this offseason, former Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen has done an about-face, and now wants to play in 2013. Rolen is apparently seeking a salary similar to the $6.5 million he made in 2012. The Reds would be hard-pressed to fit him in their payroll, let alone finding playing time for him with 2012 rookie standout...
For a guy who has played only 50 games above Class A, Billy Hamilton is very well known by Reds fans. After all, Hamilton set a professional record by stealing 155 bases last year. The fans want to see him in Cincinnati post haste. Instead, they'll have to travel 100 miles or so southwest to watch him this year. General manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer that...
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+ The beginning of spring training is quickly approaching, folks. Dusty Baker and his coaching staff are slated to arrive at the Goodyear, Arizona complex on Feb. 11. Pitchers and catchers are set to arrive the following day on Feb. 12. All other position players are due in camp by Feb. 15. The first preseason game will take...
The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Chris Heisey and right-hander Alfredo Simon, avoiding arbitration.
Heisey will make $1,325,000 and Simon will earn $890,000. The deals were announced by the Reds on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Heisey batted .265 with seven homers and 31 RBIs in 120 games for the Reds last season. It was a considerable drop-off...
The Seattle Mariners went out of their way to bring in outfield help this winter. Mike Morse can play there. Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez have spent their careers in the outfield. But if the Mariners are going to have a good 2013 season, it will almost certainly mean that Seattle has seen a return to form by center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. He has missed huge patches of time...
Earlier this week when walking back to my house following a run in the unseasonably warm weather, I stopped by my lilac bush. It has buds on it. And my thoughts turned to baseball.
Today is the last day of January, and Spring Training will begin soon. Even now, the Reds are sprouting with activity.
The Reds’ equipment truck headed to Goodyear, AZ leaves Great American Ball Park...
The Reds certainly didn't sit idle on this first day of February.
Cincinnati announced the signing of free agent LHP Manny Parra to a one-year deal. The news came just hours after the club announced the signing of free agent catcher Miguel Olivo, as well. Financial terms of both deals were not immediately available.
Right-hander Todd Redmond has been designated for assignment...
As the Cincinnati Reds enter intotheir fourth Spring Training at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona, FOXSports Ohio is getting ready for the 2013 Cincinnati Reds baseball season. In the March to Opening Day, thenetwork is excited to feature Reds coverage on-air and online as well as hostReds preseason events in Cincinnati throughout the month of March.Programs& Features on...
With the exits of Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood, the
Seattle Mariners are left in need of a “dependable starting pitcher,” according
to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times.
The Mariners now need a No. 3 guy capable of logging close
to 200 innings and doing so without embarrassing himself. In other words, doing
it without an ERA up near 5.00.
Millwood left via...
The Cincinnati Reds signed left-handed pitcher Manny Parra to a one-year deal and designated right-hander Todd Redmond for assignment Friday. The move was made to make room for Parra on the 40-man roster. His deal is worth $1 million but he could make another $400,000 in bonuses, according to MLB.com. Parra was 2-3 with 5.06 ERA last year for the Milwaukee Brewers. Since Aroldis...
Coming into the 2012 season hardly anyone had heard of Pedro Diaz. He was coming off of a season in the Dominican Summer League where he showed iffy control, but posted a strong ERA and limited hits working out of the bullpen as an 18-year-old. There was some buzz about him in spring training though as he showed off a strong arm.
The Reds assigned Diaz to the Arizona League Reds...