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Rays Reportedly Acquire Reds Catcher Ryan Hanigan

Rays Reportedly Acquire Reds Catcher Ryan Hanigan [1]

On November 8th the Cincinnati Reds signed catcher Bryan Pena to a 2-year contract and immediately rumors of the Rays and Ryan Hanigan began. The talks seemed to quiet down after the team signed Jose Molina [2] and had Jose Lobaton [3] coming back.

But it appears that the Rays have in fact acquired Hanigan.

Reds_Hanigan_2013 [8]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 [9] 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.