Cincinnati Reds sign OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league deal

The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Roger Bernadina to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Bernadina spent time with Washington and Philadelphia in 2013, hitting .181/.250/.295 in 250 plate appearances. How you give that many plate appearances to someone who is hitting that poorly is something that I will never understand, but it did happen. In 2012, Bernadina hit .291/.372/.405 for Washington. For his career he is a .239/.307/.359 hitter and outside of 2012, has struggled to do much at the plate. As a left handed hitter, he does hit righties better than lefties, but even against righties he is a career .245/.309/.366 hitter. He has been a successful base stealer in the past, with 57 career steals and has only been caught 11 times, though he only swiped 4 bases in 2013 after having at least 15 in each of the previous three seasons.

He has experience playing all three outfield spots and rates out as a solid defender in the corners but has been a well below-average defender in center field for his career. He has the most experience in center, but he has been used fairly evenly between all three outfield spots.

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