MLB Hot Stove: Hanigan Is “Going To Be Traded”
It appears that Reds C Ryan Hanigan is “going to be traded,” according to a tweet earlier this morning by ESPN’s Buster Olney:
Ryan Hanigan is going to be traded and there is interest from multiple teams, and the Reds think they’ll get a good prospect in return.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 15, 2013
Hanigan, 33, struggled through the worst season of his career in 2013, batting just .198/.306/.261 but this seems likely to improve given his .216 BABIP last season. He is also a solid defensive backstop, having led the league in caught-stealing percentage in 2013 (45 percent) and 2012 (48 percent), and his 40 percent career mark is about 12 percentage points higher than the league average, which tends to be around 28 percent.
MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects Hanigan to earn $2.3MM through arbitration this offseason, a price tag that should be cheap enough for interested parties to take on.
Source: Steve Adams MLB Trade Rumors