Reds ink Pena; add Bell to coaching staffPublished 1:46am Wednesday, November 13, 2013
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have reached agreement with catcher Brayan Pena on a $2,275,000, two-year deal, giving them three catchers on the roster.
Pena, who turns 32 in January, has played for the Braves, Royals and Tigers during his nine-year career. He joins Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco on the roster, taking the place of catcher Corky Miller.
Miller was designated outright to the minors after the season and chose free agency rather than accept the assignment.
Pena batted .297 in 71 games for the Tigers with four homers and 22 RBIs last season. He went 1 for 3 in the playoffs with an RBI single during a 4-3 loss in Game 5 to Boston. Pena threw out 24 percent of runners who tried to steal.
There is a report being confirmed by several sources including Pittsburgh that the Reds have reached an agreement with the Pirates’ hitting coach Jay Bell to become a bench coach with Cincinnati.
Bell — a former shortstop with the Pirates — and new Reds’ manager Bryan Price worked together in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization from 2007-09.
Pittsburgh is leaning toward former Red Jeff Branson to become its new hitting coach. Branson has been with the Pirates’ organization for 13 years.
Former Reds’ pitcher Bronson Arroyo is drawing interest from the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins.
Because the Reds did not make a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer last week to Arroyo, they will not be entitled to a draft pick compensation.