The Reds don’t have a lot of roster spots open this spring. The catcher spots, however, are not set in stone. Ryan Hanigan is the incumbent starter. The Reds brought in Miguel Olivo to compete with Devin Mesoraco for the back-up spot.
“It’s more than likely a three-man race, basically with Hanigan being the frontrunner,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We have to decide whether to keep Mesoraco or Olivo.”
In Game 1 of spring training, Olivo crushed a home run to left-center field. Mesoraco hit one to the same spot later in the game.
Olivo, 34, hit .222 with 12 home runs and 22 RBI in 315 at-bats for Seattle last year.
“Olivo has a lot of experience,” Baker said. “The one drawback is he’s non-roster. You really, really have to play your way on to take somebody off and expose them (to waivers). I know he’s super strong. He has a real good throwing arm. I’ve been knowing him a long time. He brings a lot of energy to the game.”
Reds' catcher spots aren't set in stone
Cincinnati Enquirer | Feb 25