The Tampa Bay Rays are in the market for a catcher and the rumor mill has picked up on the name Ryan Hanigan of the Cincinnati Reds.
Today the Reds signed catcher Brayan Pena to a 2-year deal leaving them with three catchers on their 40-man roster. It is expected that Pena will share time with Devin Mesoraco leaving Hanigan out of the picture.
Buster Olney suggests both the Yankees and Rays could have an interest in the backstop:
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 8, 2013
Hanigan is under team control for one more season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to make $2.3M in 2o14 which certainly fits in with the Rays budget.
Last year Hanigan struggled with the bat hitting just .198 (44 for 222) but as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors points out provides a quick look at Hanigan’s season:
The main culprit in Hanigan’s poor season appears to have been a .216 batting average on balls in play. That number figures to trend back toward his career mark of .283, especially when considering that Hanigan’s batted-ball profile didn’t radically change in 2013. In fact, Hanigan’s 21.5 percent line-drive rate was actually a slight increase over his 2012 mark (21.2 percent) and is right in line with his career mark (21.9 percent).
Despite a poor showing in 2013 Hanigan has been a productive hitter posting a career slash line of .262/.359/.343 and has thrown out 40% of the runners trying to steal against him.