As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Reds have agreed in principle to a contract with veteran infielder, Ramon Santiago.
The deal is a one-year Minor League contract, with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, which starts in just a few short weeks for position players. Santiago is slated to make $1.1 million if he can make the club.
Santiago is a 12-year Major League veteran, spending the majority of his career (10 seasons) in Detroit, as well as two additional seasons out in the Pacific Northwest with the Seattle Mariners. Never has Santiago truly been given a position to own, always being the quintessential perfect bench player. Last season he made appearances all around the infield, splitting time between second and third base, and shortstop.
In addition to the signing of Chris Nelson, the deal adds depth for the club as they head to Arizona. Plenty of players with a similar skill set to Santiago never make the big league club, but Santiago has been a member of a winning clubhouse over the past few seasons in Detroit, and his veteran expertise may give him the upper hand on some of his other competitors.
Santiago, 34, is a Dominican Republic native and can be found on Twitter at: @rdsanti39