Journeyman catcher Paul Bako, 36, last played with the Reds in 2008 and will report to extended spring training, according to a team news release.
A veteran of 10 different Major League teams over 11 seasons (yeah), he's a career .231/.305/.317 hitter with 21 home runs over 745 games. He was last with the Cubs during spring training and was released March 30. He bats from the left side. Beerleaguer: Curious signing. I'll digest this more during the commute home and give it the full Beerleaguer treatment tonight, seeing that it's Paul Bako and all. Bako actually started last season fire-hot and was hitting over .300 into May, earning much of the playing time for the Reds. He fell off sharply soon after, ending the season hitting .217. Interesting line from the news release. Read into it what you will: "He'll advance through the minor league system when he is physically able to play."