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Looking for Extra Depth Cincinnati Reds Sign Two More

January 29th, 2014 at 6:01 PM
By Cody Dalga

With the start of Spring Training a little over two weeks away, the Cincinnati Reds continue to add depth to their roster after signing infielder Chris Nelson and shortstop Ramon Santiago this week.

Nelson, 28, played for three clubs last year and finished the season with a .227 batting average after appearing in 64 total games. The former first round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft has spent time with the Rockies, Yankees, and Angels. After the deal was announced over the weekend, Nelson spoke of the opportunity he may have in Cincinnati.

"I think it's a great opportunity, especially being in the National League," Nelson said. "I have a chance to be a utility man, and with the double-switches, there could be a chance for playing time. It could be a good fit for me."

Nelson will give depth at a variety of positions. He's had time at second and short but has played the majority of his time at third base. 
 
Santiago, 34, has also played a fair share of time at multiple positions. The 12-year veteran has also seen time at second, short, and third base while players for the Mariners and most recently the Tigers. The switch-hitter batted .224 last season in 80 total games.
 
Both Nelson and Santiago will join Skip Schumaker and Jack Hannahan as potential players to fill utility player role.  
 
 
Tags: Baseball, Chris Nelson, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jack Hannahan, MLB, Ramon Santiago, Skip Schumaker

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