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Reds sign Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Cincinnati was seemingly set at catcher with Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Reds are close to signing Miguel Olivo.

Olivo has long been overrated by people who focus on his strong arm and 20-homer power rather than his historically awful on-base percentages and passed ball totals, so perhaps it’s just a minor-league deal for the 34-year-old and they aren’t going to send Mesoraco back to Triple-A.

Mesoraco had a disappointing rookie campaign, but his playing time was sporadic and he’s a 24-year-old former first-round pick one season removed from being a top prospect. Plus, in struggling he still posted a higher OPS than Olivo last season. And Hanigan played well as the primary starter last year, hitting .274 with a .365 on-base percentage.

UPDATE: Sure enough, it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. So any teeth gnashing over Mesoraco’s status can probably wait, at least a couple weeks.

  1. itsacurse - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    ARod for Hanigan!

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I’m one of the guys who love him. So I’m happy for him.

  3. johnnyb1976 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Ryan Hanigan is a very under rated catcher because he doesn’t hit for big power numbers, but he is without a doubt a top 3 defensive catcher with a very good OBP. Maybe he should have hit leadoff last season hmmmm….

  4. IdahoMariner - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    oh, thank God. now i don’t have to worry that the mariners will re-sign him. it was hard enough watching wedge give him playing time over jaso…now jaso is gone, which is. mild bummer, but at least we don’t have to watch pitches fly past miguel when he’s catching and when he is batting.
    he’s a great guy, but a lousy hitter and a worse catcher. not that our current catchers are much better….

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