The Cincinnati Reds have signed 31 year old veteran catcher Brayan Pena to a two year contract today, as announced by Enrique Rojas on Twitter.
Pena hit .297/.315/.397 with four home runs and 22 RBI’s as starting catcher Alex Avila’s back up. During the post-season, Pena played one game and picked up one RBI on his only hit. Now that Pena is on board with the Reds, this could open up a couple options for Cincinnati when it comes to catcher Ryan Hanigan.
This year Hanigan only played in 75 games and hit .198/.306/.261 with two home runs, 21 RBI’s through 222 at bats for the Reds. The six year veteran has spent his whole career with the Reds, but could be on the move soon.
The details of the contract haven’t been released yet, but I doubt he received more than $5 million.
Now the Reds could either non-tender Hanigan or they could deal him this Winter. There could be a couple clubs out there who would be interested in trading for the 33 year old catcher.
The Reds’ signing of Brayan Pena frees up the Reds to either non-tender Ryan Hanigan or trade him. Rays, Yankees have liked him in the past.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 8, 2013