Reds sign Mesoraco to extension

The Reds and catcher Devin Mesoraco on Monday agreed to a four-year contract extension and avoided arbitration.

Mesoraco, 26, hit .273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs in 114 games last season. He led all major league catchers in home runs and RBIs and was named to his first All-Star team.

“This is another example of rewarding a player we drafted and developed,” Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said. “We are pleased to be able to sign him for the next four years and expect him to be an integral part of the team.”

Mesoraco, a first-round pick by the Reds in 2007, was eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season.

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