MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that Corky Miller will return to the Reds in 2011, in a similar role to 2010.

The Reds announced that they re-signed Corky Miller to a minor league deal after the catcher cleared waivers, refused an outright assignment and elected free agency. The 34-year-old batted .243/.282/.392 in 79 plate appearances for the Reds in 2010.

Miller threw out 27% of would be base stealers while backing up Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan. The ten-year MLB veteran figures to take on a similar role for the Reds in 2011.

In ten seasons of major league experience, Miller now has 575 plate appearances, batting .188 with 11 homers and 59 rbi (50 OPS+). In Johnny Bench’s rookie year alone, he had 607 plate appearances, batted .275 with 15 homers and 82 rbi (116 OPS+). Such is the life of the third string catcher.

I’m glad Corky will be back. He’s one of my favorite players and is a favorite among Louisville Bats fans. The big question for Miller, I suppose, is which Reds farm club will he be managing in the future?