Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is hearing that the Cincinnati Reds may be looking to trade Ryan Hanigan at some point this offseason. On Friday morning, the Reds signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal, putting three catchers on their 40-man roster. Not wanting to carry three catchers, Rosenthal says Hanigan will be the catcher to be moved.
The Reds have already decided they are going to try and trade flashy second baseman Brandon Phillips before next season. It is unclear if they will be able to work out a trade, but they are definitely going to try. It is odd for a team that made the playoffs the year before to try and rebuild their roster, but it appears that is what the Reds are doing to some degree. They also hired a new manager a few weeks ago. The New York Yankees have already made a preliminary call to the Reds regarding Phillips, just in case Robinson Cano decides to sign elsewhere.
In 2013, Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco shared time at catcher for the Reds. In 260 plate appearances, Hanigan hit just .198/.306/.261 with two home runs and 21 RBI. His pathetic .216 BABIP suggests that he was highly unlucky in 2013. Another positive for him was that he walked more than he struck out last season. He walked in 11.2 percent of his plate appearances and struck out in just 10.4 percent.
Hanigan will likely be moved, even though he had a down year in 2013. Catching depth is so important in baseball and there aren’t enough quality catchers out there. The team will likely line up for a chance to call about Hanigan.