Reds pick Devin Mesoraco over Miguel Olivo as backup catcher

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Ryan Hanigan will be Cincinnati’s primary catcher again this season and the Reds have settled on Devin Mesoraco as his backup, which means veteran Miguel Olivo won’t make the team.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds would like Olivo to accept an assignment to Triple-A so they can keep him around for depth, with the incentive being a $100,000 bonus for agreeing.

Mesoraco played sparingly behind Hanigan as a 23-year-old rookie last season, making just 48 starts behind the plate while hitting .212 with a .640 OPS, but it’ll be difficult to evaluate the former top prospect’s long-term potential if he doesn’t have an opportunity to be in the lineup regularly.