After losing backup catcher Gerald Laird to free agency, the Tigers shored up the position Monday by signing veteran Brayan Pena to a one-year deal. The ex-Royal Pena (who turns 31 next month) appeared in 68 games for the Royals posting a .236/.262/.321 batting line in 226 plate appearances.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski believes the veteran catcher will play a big role for the team behind starter Alex Avila.
“As a switch-hitter, he will serve as a solid complement to Alex Avila as our backup catcher for the 2013 season,” Dombrowski said.
Pena too was pretty enthusiastic about joining the Tigers:
I knew GOD wouldn’t let me down. When he close one door for you , he open another one .. Im a Detroit Tiger and is a BLESSING FROM GOD .
— Brayan Pena (@cuban2727) December 10, 2012
In eight season, Pena has posted a .248/.286/.350 batting line between the Atlanta Braves and Royals. And given the way Jim Leyland plays his reserves you can probably expect Pena to play anywhere from...