Cincinnati Reds catcher Brayan Pena looks into the dugout for a sign during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Jeff Roberson
November 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.

The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons.

Pena led Reds catchers with 86 games last season while batting .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage. His led the NL with a .999 fielding percentage, making one error in 715 chances.

Pena has a .260 career average, with 23 homers and 164 RBIs in 629 games over 11 big league seasons. He spent the last two years with the Reds and has played for Detroit, Kansas City and Atlanta.

Tony Cruz had been Molina's backup in recent seasons.

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