Reds add Moeller to catching stable

Reds add Moeller to catching stable

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' two-catcher system lasted all of one week.

On Monday, the club signed veteran catcher Chad Moeller to a one-year contract. Moeller, who batted .184 in 29 games for the Brewers in 2006, joins a mix of catchers that already includes David Ross and Javier Valentin.

Last Monday, Cincinnati dealt longtime catcher Jason LaRue to the Royals for a player to named later. LaRue, a starter until his role was reduced in June, was unhappy sharing limited time in manager Jerry Narron's three-catcher system.

After that trade was announced, Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said Ross and Valentin were the team's catchers "for now."

Apparently, Krivsky had another move in the works. He had no qualms about carrying three catchers on the Major League roster next season.

"You need depth at a lot of positions, especially catcher -- one of the most important positions," Krivsky said on Monday evening.

The terms of Moeller's contract were not revealed, but he will give the Reds catching depth at a lesser price than LaRue's $5.45 million salary for 2007.

Moeller, who was paid $700,000 last season, played for the Brewers (2004-06), D-backs (2001-03) and the Twins (2000). The 31-year-old is a career .227 hitter over 384 big-league games.

"He is capable of doing more with the bat than he did this past year," Krivsky said. "His reputation is handling pitching staffs. The value of Chad Moeller may not read out on the stat sheets, but we feel he has value."

Also on Monday, the Reds extended the contracts of head athletic trainer Mark Mann, assistant trainer Steve Baumann, strength and conditioning coordinator Matt Krause, physical therapist John Walker and medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.