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Reds sign Jack Hannahan to one-year, $2 million deal

Dec 12, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

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Jack Hannahan has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Reds, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Hannahan drew a surprising amount of interest considering he’s a 32-year-old career .234 hitter who’s stretched as a traditional utility infielder because he’s barely played any shortstop, but teams apparently loved his defense at third base and reputation for being solid in the clubhouse.

He spent the past two seasons in Cleveland, hitting .247 with 12 homers and a .688 OPS in 684 plate appearances. He’ll back up Todd Frazier at third base, where Hannahan has played 3,502 of his 3,751 career innings defensively.

  1. contraryguy - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    The reasons for the Reds picking up multiple backup players can be found on last years roster: Miggy Cairo, Willie Harris, Wilson Valdez. The Reds had a bench that was, for much of the season, unusable. They brought up a guy from the minors, Costanzo, who went 1 for 21 before being sent packing; other minor league bats didn’t make much impact when called up. So signings like this aren’t much of a mystery to Reds fans this year.

    • brucewaynewins - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      You hit the nail on the head

  2. sknut - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I find it odd as a Twins fan they were willing to give Correria 2/10 and yet they stated they wanted competition for Plouffe and only offered Hannahan a minor league deal, not that he is an everyday starter but could be used as a nice bench piece for a decent price.

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Hannahan is a 33 corner IF that can’t hit and provides average defense, which is likely to get worse as he ages. He’s pretty much the definition of a wasted roster spot. Most teams have a bunch of guys like this on their AAA team….of course, Hannahan has some element of veterany goodness that some managers like.

  3. jonrox - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    He’s going to be pushing the Mendoza line and Dusty will give him 200 of Frazier’s at bats.

    • joshfrancis50 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Veteran presence!

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