Recently, the Cincinnati Reds were involved in a three-team trade that sent catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays in return for pitching prospect David Holmberg, who was pitching at the Double-A level in the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ organization.
Hanigan was always a fan favorite; he played hard each and every game, caught two no-hitters, and was perhaps the best defensive catcher in the National League. However, his statistics last season were less than impressive. The 33 year old only hit .198, two home runs, and 21 RBI’s in 72 games, the least productive season of career.
The man the Reds received, as mentioned, is a 22-year-old southpaw starting pitcher named David Holmberg. Last season with the D-Backs’ Double-A team, the Mobile BayBears, Holmberg went 5-8 and had a 2.75 earned run average, which is very impressive for someone his age.
Holmberg will likely start at the Double or Triple-A level in the Cincinnati Reds organization, then, if he continues to have success, he could move into the Reds’ rotation if needed or go to the bullpen.
This was a good trade by the Reds; they will likely be giving Devin Mesoraco more playing time, something he deserves, as he will be the starting catcher for the team. Mesoraco isn’t as good on defense as Hanigan, but he is better offensively. Another reason why this trade makes sense is because Hanigan will be a free agent after the 2014 season, and the Reds probably wouldn’t have re-signed him anyways. Also, this trade will save the Reds $2 million, money they could use towards another player or players.
Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed