Reds sign C Cota to minor league deal

Updated: February 2, 2009, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Catcher Humberto Cota agreed to a minor league contract Monday with the Cincinnati Reds, who lost another catcher to retirement.

Ryan Jorgensen announced his retirement after getting only 20 at-bats in the majors during his career with Florida, Cincinnati and Minnesota.

The 29-year-old Jorgensen returned last season after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. He signed a minor league deal with the Reds on Nov. 19.

The 29-year-old Cota batted .233 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs in seven seasons with Pittsburgh. He was invited to spring training.

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