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Reds sign Ramon Santiago

Jan 29, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Ramon Santiago AP

Veteran utility man Ramon Santiago has signed a minor-league deal with the Reds and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’d get $1.1 million in upfront money for making the Opening Day roster via spring training invitation.

Santiago has spent the past eight years with the Tigers, including several seasons as a productive part-timer, but he hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2009 and is now 34 years old.

  1. xjokerz - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    nice for the Tigers to finally let a old guy go without looking back..

    look at Brandon Inge for reference.

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    for a team that uses the small market excuse as much as they do, the reds sure do not have a problem giving washed up utility players million dollar contracts to suck! they got rid of Paul Janish because he could not hit and everybody they have brought in to replace him has been just as much a automatic out as he was at the plate but at twice the cost.here is the list of awful guys they have had in his place and over paid. edgar renteria, wilson valdez,willie harriss, and the immortal izturis. why won’t they just give one of the guys in their farm system a chance? they may suck just as bad but at least it will not cost them as much and it will give them the big league experience they seem to love and require to rarely play.

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