Reds acquire catcher Curt Casali from Rays

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The Reds announced on Thursday that the club acquired catcher Curt Casali from the Rays in exchange for cash considerations. Catcher Tony Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the 25-man roster for Casali.

Casali, 29, has spent the season with Triple-A Durham, batting .274/.327/.453 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 104 plate appearances. Across 466 PA in the majors from 2014-17, Casali has a career .670 OPS.

Cruz, 31, was underwhelming with the bat as the backup to Tucker Barnhart, mustering a .462 OPS in 26 trips to the plate. Cruz, however, is known more for his defense.