Aug 6, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago (39) throws out Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds Sign Ramon Santiago

The Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday that they had signed infield utility man Ramon Santiago to a one year $1.1M deal. This deal appears to be a deal to shore up the shortstop position giving every day starter Zach Cozart some backup.

Santiago comes to Cincinnati from Detroit where he spent 10 of his 12 years in the majors. Santiago now 34 played in 80 games last season boasting a .224 batting average with a .298 on base percentage.  His numbers certainly aren’t the worst Reds fans have seen but they certainly aren’t the best either. The move comes as a surprise to many it appears. Tune into sports talk radio Wednesday afternoon and everyone was scratching their head.

Now this is no fault to Santiago, he may prove to be a vital part of this 2014 Reds team. At the same time though the Cincinnati Reds fans have clamored for more from their front office this offseason only to see the club sign players that many would consider washed up while sitting by the way side watching other teams make improvements.

The main issue with the Santiago deal is the fact that it is a minor league deal and is worth $1.1M. Sure it includes and invite to spring training and most of it will pay if he makes the opening day roster which he likely will. The deal is a head scratcher like many others. Fans believe that the money used for these numerous utility men could be used for one or two moderately good players. Time will tell.

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  • metalhead65

    this continues the trend of signing guys at the end of their careers hoping to squeeze something that is not there any more out of them. they got rid of Paul Janish because he could not hit and in his place they have wasted millions on guys who have not hit any higher and are worse in the field than he was. do the names Edgar Renteria, Willie Harriss, Ceasar Izturis, Wilson Valdez and Jack Hanahan ring a bell? all .220 or worse hitters who are automatic outs who the reds have signed when nobody else would and paid them millions. yet they claim small market when any big name is involved. instead of wasting money on these guys why not give their minor leagues a chance? it does not have to be a top prospect but their is no reason why guys like rodriguez or soto should not be given the opportunity they keep giving these losers. you can argue they are not ready cite all your metrics but the fact is we will never know unless they are given the chance. they may suck but they will be cheaper than they guys they pay millions to do the same.