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Reds give Cairo 2-year deal

Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:57 pm
 
Miguel Cairo It's no surprise the Reds re-signed utility man Miguel Cairo on Wednesday, what's curious is that it was a two-year deal for the 36-year old.

Financial terms aren't out there yet, but Cairo went from what most -- including some inside the organization -- thought was just a warm body for spring training into a valuable member of the National League Central champs.

Cairo appeared in 90 games for the Reds, starting 38 games at four different positions (26 at third base, nine at first base, two at shortstop and one in right field). He hit .290/.353/.410 with four home runs and 28 RBI in 226 plate appeances.

In addition to his role as a pinch-hitter and utility man, he was also nearly a coach for some of the team's younger players, such as Chris Heisey and Paul Janish in learning how to play off the bench.

Cairo debuted with the Blue Jays in 1996 and has also played for the Cubs, (Devil) Rays, Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Mariners and Phillies.

Cairo appeared in his fifth division series with his fourth different team.

UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweets Cairo will get $1 million in both 2011 and 2012.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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