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Reds ink Bernadina to minor league deal

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The Cincinnati Reds continued to stay busy this week as they issued their third minor league contract in the last five days on Friday to outfielder Roger Bernadina.

Bernadina joins Chris Nelson (Monday) and Ramon Santiago (Wednesday) as new players who signed this week with the Reds. Cincinnati also secured Aroldis Chapman for another year on Tuesday leaving Homer Bailey as the only arbitration eligible player left to sign.

The left-handed Bernadina appeared in 112 games for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Philles, but couldn't find any rhythm last season. He hit just .181 in 227 at bats with four homers and 11 RBI. His best season came in 2010 when he launched 11 homers and drove in 47 runs.

Perhaps the player with the best chance to make the team is Santiago, who is a veteran infielder that can fill the need for a backup shortstop behind Zack Cozart. Santiago is more known for his defense than his bat and has filled in various infield roles for the Detroit Tigers the last eight seasons. His best season came back in 2009 when he set career highs in homers (7) and RBI (35) in 93 games. Santiago was on the wrong side of history in 2003 when his Tigers' lost and American League record 119 games.

In two weeks (Feb. 14) pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear, Ariz. before Spring Training games begin on Feb. 26.


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