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Rays sign newly acquired Ryan Hanigan to extension

Dec 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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As part of their trade acquiring Ryan Hanigan from the Reds earlier today the Rays announced a three-year, $10.75 million contract extension with the catcher.

The deal also includes an option for 2017, which means Hanigan is now under team control through age 36. He was arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014 and would have hit the open market as a free agent next offseason, so clearly being able to agree to the extension was a big part of the trade for the Rays.

Tampa Bay also picked up Heath Bell as part of the three-team swap with the Reds and Diamondbacks.

  1. alang3131982 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM


  2. paperlions - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    That’s a pretty sweet deal for Tampa compared to what some other catchers are getting. Considering offense and defense, Hannigan is about the same player as AJ Pierzynski, only younger and getting paid about 40% of what the Red Sox just gave Pierzynski.

  3. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I just posted this in the other thread, but Hanigan is fantastic.

    He is a strategist. Highly intelligent and well read, with a variety of interests.

    He’s the type that would make a good manager someday.

    And he caught both of Bailey’s no hitters.

    Congrats, Tampa Bay.

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