Ryan Hanigan[Update] The Rays have officially announced the deal, acquiring both Ryan Hanigan from the Reds and Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks. The Rays sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named later to the D-Backs.

The Rays have also signed Hanigan to a 3-year contract worth $9.95 million. He will make $2.75 million in 2013. There is a $3.75 million option for 2017 that can be bought out for $800,000.

Bell is set to make $9 million in 2014. However, it appears that the Marlins will pay $4 million of that as part of the deal that send Bell to the Diamondbacks. Bell also has a $9 million option for 2015 that becomes guaranteed if he finishes 55 games in 2014.

Jose Lobaton was not part of this trade, but his days with the Rays are almost certainly over and another deal may be in the works.

The Rays now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

[Earlier] The Rays will acquire catcher Ryan Hanigan in a trade with the Reds according to Ken Rosenthal. A third team may be involved in the deal.

At this point it is unclear who else is involved in the deal or who the third team is. The Rays already have two big league catchers on the roster in Jose Molina and Jose Lobaton. With Molina just recently signing a 2-year contract, it is likely that Lobaton is one of the players involved in the deal.

Hanigan played in just 75 games during the 2013 season missing time during two stints on the disabled list. The first trip early in the season was for a strained oblique muscle. The second came after All-Star break because of a sore wrist.

Hanigan strongest skills are defensively. In the past two seasons combined, he has thrown out 47 of 99 would-be base stealers. He led all of Major League Baseball each season in percentage of runners thrown out (min. 30 attempts).

Offensively, he has little power with a career-high six home runs in 2011. However, he did hit .300 in 70 games during the 2010 season and has a career .359 OBP (.312 wOBA).

According to Marc Topkin, Hanigan “could sign a multi-year deal.” Hanigan is in the final year of arbitration eligibility. If he does not sign a long-term contract he would become a free agent after the season. He made $2.05 million with the Reds in 2013.




  1. DRR says:

    3 yrs, $11 million. Also, apparently Arizona is the 3rd team?

  2. Gus says:

    Trying to trust the process, but not seeing this as a move I like. 3 years, $11M. We are stuck with two no-hit catchers now.

    Waiting on the 2013 draft pick to work his way up. Will be a long wait.

  3. DRR says:

    Heath Bell to Rays. Interesting...

  4. Roger M. says:

    I just don't get the Rays sometime. Lobaton is a good catcher. Yeah he doesn't throw out runners which I guess is a huge thing but he hits got some pop and great in the clubhouse and far cheaper then 3.75 Million a year....and Heath Bell??? really a 36yr old NL Reliever that has an ERA over 4. I hope I end up eating crow but they could do so much more with the money. Just my opinion obviously.

    • OriginalTom says:

      I had the same reaction when they signed Rodney 2 years ago, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt on Bell. Are Lobaton and the PTNBL all the Rays are giving up?

    • Sarah says:

      Please define "some pop." Also, do you realize he had as many passed balls as Molina last year? He's a likable guy, but no question that Rays can get better at catcher.

  5. Jason says:

    Well, Hanigan, not including his injury plagued last year, is a near league average hitter (that means, MUCH better than Molina or Lobaton) with elite defense. Bell, pure and simple, has been unlucky. His HR/FB rate is pretty much unsustainably bad. Plus, he's moving to a pitcher's park..This doesnt even take into account that we are giving up an undrafted FA prospect and a PTBNL that is not on our 40 man roster and likely is a guy we wouldnt have protected from the rule 5 draft. We are paying a closer candidate and a starting catcher about 8mill this year, total. Let's see what AF can do with some extra money for a 1st baseman.

  6. Gus says:

    Health Bell feels, look and pitches a lot like the crapped out version of Troy Percival we got delivered in 2008.

    Not a very fun off-season so far. Kind of brutal, really. I'm warming up a little to Hannigan, but aging catchers is apparently the new market inefficency. At least we'll have a boardwalk.

  7. Craig says:

    Such negativity- Hannigan has the potential to be the best all around catcher
    We have ever had. Defensively, throws out almost half the runners that attempt to steal, frames pitches awesome, has caught a few no hitters. Offensively, walks more than he strikes out, besides last year when hurt, is a 260 hitter, but doesn't hit for much power. What is there not to like about him?

    • Steve says:

      Exactly. I love this deal. We get possibly the best catcher in the history of our franchise, and a good reliever, while giving up nothing. What's not to like?

  8. Sam says:

    This is stupid. What happend to Sam Fuld. Hello, he is amazong the rays have some issues with there free agent choices

  9. TOM says:

    I cannot believe that Lobaton is the odd man out. This franchise really sucks. And they wonder why they can't put fans in the stands. I wish they would move. Out of the state. GO REDS!

    • KT says:

      Haha, yeah they suck so bad. Nice troll. How many times have they gone to postseason since 2008?

      Pathetic, you are.

  10. AJNO says:

    Cork, any guesses on the PTBNL???

    • Cork Gaines says:

      It sounds like they have an eye on somebody that is eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Those players cannot be traded right now. Either the DBacks want the Rays to draft somebody that is eligible in another organization and then trade him to Arizona cheap or the DBacks want a Rays minor leaguer and are waiting to see if he gets drafted by somebody else. If the player they want is taken by another team, I would assume the Dbacks have a list of backup options to choose from or possibly the Rays would send cash.

  11. Rob says:

    I like this deal and I think Lobaton was exposed toward the end of last season. He can't hit a fastball over 93 mph. He has a very slow bat.

  12. Dave L says:

    This just goes to show you that the Rays have decided to put together the best defensive and recieving catching tandem possible and hitting will just have to come from other positions.

    In 2014 our SP rotation is going to be young and green as hell so they want experience and defense wearing the mask. I dont watch much NL ball but according to some, Hanigan if not the top defensive catcher in the NL was certainly the top one we could possibly hope to acquire.

    Lobatons lowly 14% CS average vs a league avg of 26% sealed his fate.

    Molina 56 SB, 26 CS
    Hanigan 18 SB 15 CS

    Lobaton 63 SB only 10 CS

    This way our young pitchers can concentrate on getting guys out and not worry about whats going on behind them on the basepaths as much.

    I like the move.


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