Reds sign Ramon Santiago
The Reds, seeking infield help with experience at shortstop, signed veteran Ramon Santiago to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp at Spring Training — a source confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported the deal.
If Santiago makes the club, he can earn $1.1 million in salary for 2014.
Santiago, 34, is a 12-season veteran of the Tigers and Mariners. Last season for Detroit, the switch hitter batted .224/.288/.298 in 80 games. He can play shortstop, second base and third base.
UPDATE — the Reds confirmed the deal is done.
UPDATE No. 2: Santiago has some incentive clauses in his contract: $50,000 for 300 plate appearances, $100,000 for 400 PA and $150,000 for 500 PA. He also has an out clause by March 28 if he does not make the big league club at camp.
Click here to read the story on MLB.com, with comments from GM Walt Jocketty.