Reds get catching insurance with Cota

Reds get catching insurance with Cota

CINCINNATI -- The Reds added catching depth on Monday when Humberto Cota was signed to a Minor League contract and invited to big league camp.

Cota was signed after another non-roster catcher, Ryan Jorgensen, decided to retire.

Over parts of seven seasons with the Pirates from 2001-07, Cota had a .233 career batting average in the big leagues and caught 26 of 91 (.286) runners attempting to steal. His most recent stint in the Majors was five games with Pittsburgh in 2007.

Cota spent all of 2008 with the Rockies' Triple-A club in Colorado Springs and batted .319 with four home runs, 26 RBIs and a .342 on-base percentage. He caught eight of 28 (.286) runners stealing.

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