C Pena gives Reds a Cuban connection
FEB 23, 2014 4:49p ET
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Brayan Pena was hoping to wind up in Cincinnati someday.
The 32-year-old catcher signed with the Reds in the offseason to be the backup for Devin Mesoraco, who moves into the starting role.
Pena has played for the Braves, Royals and Tigers during his nine-year career. He batted .297 in 71 games for Detroit with four homers and 22 RBIs last season and threw out 24 percent of runners who tried to steal on him.
Pena already had a Reds connection, of sorts. He caught fellow countryman Aroldis Chapman during tryouts after the left-hander defected from Cuba.
The Cincinnati newcomer says Chapman had a lot to do with him signing with the Reds, putting in a good word about the organization and the fan base.