Cincinnati Reds release Miguel Olivo

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The Cincinnati Reds have released catcher Miguel Olivo.

The Cincinnati Reds have released catcher Miguel Olivo, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman notes that Olivo asked for his release from the Reds and the team granted him his request. The veteran backstop is now a free agent.

Olivo spent the 2012 season with the Seattle Mariners, hitting .222/.239/.381 with 14 doubles and 12 home runs over 323 plate appearances. He was Seattle's regular catcher in 2011, and he's been a starter for several clubs during his time in the majors. Over 11 seasons in the bigs, the 34-year-old owns a career batting line of .241/.275/.418.

Following Olivo's release, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that the catcher was drawing interest from the Miami Marlins. Frisaro is now saying that the catcher is a "strong candidate" to return. He spent the 2006-07 seasons with Miami.

Miami is attempting to determine which backup catcher it will enter the regular season with, and there are several options -- in-house and outside the organization -- that they could move forward with.

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