Catcher Hanigan, reliever Bell coming to Rays
UPDATE, 3:01: The Rays are also getting veteran reliever, and closer candidate, Heath Bell, in the deal, from Arizona, per multiple media reports. Bell, who is due $9-million in salary, told Jack Magruder: "I'm excited to be with a great team and Joe Maddon. I hear he is a lot like Buddy (Black). I think very highly of Buddy."
The Times has learned the exact terms of the Hanigan deal: $2,75-million in 2014, $3.5M in 2015, $3.7M in 2016 and either $3.75M or an $800,000 buyout in 2017.
UPDATE, 2:44: Make it $10.75-million guaranteed for Hanigan, and with the fourth-year option the Tom O'Connell client could make $13.7-million.
UPDATE, 2:32: Hanigan will get a three-year deal plus an option, and be guaranteed close to $11-million, the Times has learned. ESPN's Buster Olney first had the 3-year deal.
UPDATE, 2:24: Hanigan has agreed to a multiyear deal, as the trade has been in place since Saturday, pending negotiations with the Rays.
Hanigan, 33, has been a target of the Rays for several years. Though he hit only .198 last season, he was dealing with a wrist injury much of the season. Over parts of six previous seasons, Hanigan hit .275 with a .370 on-base percentage. He's known as a strong defensive catcher and was projected to make $2.3-million via arbitration.
He comes to the Rays, per Cincinnati media, with a reputation as a great game caller and a great clubhouse guy, one who Joe Maddon will greatly enjoy having.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are acquiring C Ryan Hanigan from the Reds and he is expected to take over as the starter, the Times has confirmed.
Details are forthcoming, but Jose Lobaton may be on the move. Hanigan may sign a multi year deal.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal.