Santiago makes the team

One more piece of the roster puzzle is in place. Infielder Ramon Santiago, a non-roster invite to camp, has been told by the Reds that he has made the team and will go north.

Reds manager Bryan Price said that it doesn’t mean players like Kristopher Negron haven’t made it and that there are other spots still open for competition. Santiago will earn $1.1 million this season in the big leagues.

One reason the 34-year-old Santiago was picked was that he’s a veteran who has come off of the bench before in Detroit and Seattle. It’s a harder role for a younger player, according to Price. There were several other reasons too.

“When our season got over, we looked at our club and felt like we needed to have that type of a player,” Price said. “Ramon has been in a tough spot as a big leaguer, as a utility infielder. He’s a guy that doesn’t put up big offensive numbers but does a lot of the little things to help you win games. Especially in the National League, if you’re in a double switch situation – especially if it involves [Zack] Cozart – you’d like to have a reliable sure-handed infielder that really could go anyplace. And he’s a good situational offensive player. He’s not going to drive in a lot of runs or hit home runs but he moves runners, he bunts well. He’s a scrappy guy with two strikes, puts the ball in play. He knows how to play the situational game and that’s very important. And he’s guy that can not play for a while and you still get a nice performance from him.”

There has not been any corresponding 40-man roster move made to make room for Santiago, yet.

More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com.

17 Comments

That’s wisdom!…these days I’ve been remembering Satchel Paige…

Absolutely horrible. I knew the Reds would screw this up. Keeping a NO HIT back up SS just in case Cozart gets hurt, wow. Especially keeping him over a guy like Chris Nelson, who the Reds just lost. No, who is worth removing from the 40 man to keep a guy like RAMON SANTIAGO? Wow, so this prob means no Bernadina and no Nelson. Can’t wait to see a no hit bench all year, Hannahan, Schumaker and Santiago, really awful.

I suppose this guy knows how to throw a ball and knows how to calculate numbers…

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Terrible. Ok got the back up SS that cant do anything productive but play the field once a month if Cozart needs a break. Check. Now we need to sign another over the hill player that is injury prone for a 3 yr deal worth at least 8 mil a yr. then we can start our season. I used to think that was always Dusty that wanted that back up SS. now I am scared its Walt. We finally had some decent minor league invites and we are going to lose them. I want our bench to hit not field. I really dont care about how well they field the ball because they dont start. I was hoping worse case Hamilton comes over to SS and Heisey goes to CF in a pinch.

I agree with you, just a horrible decision. It looks like it wasn’t Baker, its Walt that wants a NO HIT back up SS that can play once a week, just in case. Now we have to remove someone from the 40 man to make room for Santiago, wow. The Reds did a great job of bringing players in like Bernadina and Nelson who had great 2012 season, they are primed for a bounce back year, but nope, we kept a Izturis/Valdez/Renteria/Cabrera type who will be garbage all year, but yet stay on the roster.

…Oops!

2014-03-26 15:01 GMT-04:00 Mark My Word :

> Josh Mohr commented: “I agree with you, just a horrible decision. It > looks like it wasn’t Baker, its Walt that wants a NO HIT back up SS that > can play once a week, just in case. Now we have to remove someone from the > 40 man to make room for Santiago, wow. The Reds did a great ” >

It’s a wonderful world, we live in Beautiful people everywhere, the way, they show they care…

2014-03-26 15:06 GMT-04:00 txkltndm . :

> …Oops! > > > 2014-03-26 15:01 GMT-04:00 Mark My Word : > > Josh Mohr commented: “I agree with you, just a horrible decision. It >> looks like it wasn’t Baker, its Walt that wants a NO HIT back up SS that >> can play once a week, just in case. Now we have to remove someone from the >> 40 man to make room for Santiago, wow. The Reds did a great ” >>

I dont get that thinking.. didnt the Reds have Cesar Izturis last year and they wanted him to do the same thing.. play SS put a bunt down not hit and now they go with Santiago who is the exact same type of player?? didnt they learn yet? i guess not??? Negron has played very well and can HIT and. plays SS, Wouldnt you want that cheaper option??? also i take Nelson over Santiago as well.. why do the Reds continue to do the same thing and never take the next step?? wasted money

I’m certainly glad none of you have a thing to do with running the club.

Ok Denny so you say this is a good move. I dont know anything about running a club. I just watch what some of these other teams do and you dont see this type of play with other teams in the past 10 yrs. Ok back then you saw it a lot but in todays line ups, benches are more structured for pinch hitters or young talent waiting to get their shot. I am hoping I am wrong but history with this team is showing that I am correct.

Every team in the National League has a back-up shortstop with the accent mark on defense. It’s wise given the demands of double switches and pinch-hitting demands (nothing says you have to employ Santiago in the crucial at-bats, only in the field to safely close out the game if you are fortunate enough to grab the lead). You designate someone else to be your key left-handed or right-handed pinch-hitter, as the case may be, and you deploy and preserve strong defense in the late innings.

Wow!

2014-03-27 11:56 GMT-04:00 Mark My Word :

> Denny Reds Observer commented: “Every team in the National League has > a back-up shortstop with the accent mark on defense. It’s wise given the > demands of double switches and pinch-hitting demands (nothing says you have > to employ Santiago in the crucial at-bats, only in the field to sa” >

Dont agree with the late inning double switch, man thankgoodness we have that fielding SS or we would be screwed. Its an old school technique like many in baseball that have no merrit. Its like the closer idea but worse. Do you really think a fielding specialist is going to save a run or two end of the game vs someone else that can play the position? I would personally rather have a hitter than a fielder in that spot. There are usually only 3 to 4 pinch hitters availabe not including the back up catcher. If you have a back up SS, we are now talking 2 to 3. Your really limiting your options here when they do this.Not a lot of matchup option now.

This team wins, if they win at all, only by continuing to build around and enhance the pitching and defense. It probably won’t secure them a play-off slot from the tough NL Central, but it will guarantee more wins and more ultimate competitiveness than foolishly opting for offense at its expense. This group of players will never be an offensive-oriented bunch in any event. Accentuate your strengths. Balance, of course, would be ideal, but they are so far away from that withy this core of players.

Mabye its just my blind hope that one of these minor league invites will ignite the offense of this team.

I want to read every email and I want to know about Aroldis…and I want to see him playing as soon as possible because a baseball team it is built thinking to maintain the zero at Home Plate. After that, to secure SS to maintain the ZERO…Zero against and N to them.

2014-03-27 16:33 GMT-04:00 Mark My Word :

> bigblu commented: “Mabye its just my blind hope that one of these > minor league invites will ignite the offense of this team.” >

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