In a disappointing season overall for Boston catchers, Ryan Hanigan endured similar struggles. The backstop was plagued by injuries throughout the 2016 season, resulting in a regression from his 2015 numbers in just about every offensive category. The backup catcher ended the season slashing .171/.230/.238 in 113 plate appearances, wrapping up his two-year career in Boston with a .219/.298/.294 line in 279 at-bats. Despite his abysmal effort at the plate in 2016, Boston hung onto the veteran backstop for his defense, as he led the team with a 3.55 ERA when he was behind the plate. With the emergence of Sandy Leon, however, the Red Sox declined the team option to bring Hanigan back. The 36-year-old agreed to terms with the Phillies, so he'll have an opportunity to compete for the backup catching job with Bryan Holaday.
Hanigan agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rockies on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Hanigan was released by the Phillies on Monday after the team decided to deploy prospect Andrew Knapp as its backup catcher. The 36-year-old will likely open the season with Triple-A Albuquerque and serve as organizational depth for the Rockies.
Hanigan was released by the Phillies on Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Hanigan's dismissal means that the Phillies will go with prospect Andrew Knapp as their main backup at catcher behind Cameron Rupp. The 36-year-old veteran has been renowned throughout his career for his receiving skills, so it's possible another team could have interest bringing him aboard as a No. 2 catcher.
The Phillies may have been showcasing Hanigan to the Tigers for a potential trade, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Hanigan made starts at catcher on both Sunday and Tuesday in games against the Tigers, who are looking for catching depth. Hanigan is competing for the Phillies' backup catching job with Andrew Knapp, Logan Moore and Bryan Holaday. Early indications point to Knapp being the frontrunner for the job, but there have also been reports that the Phillies could carry three catchers early in the season.
Hanigan signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training. The Phillies catching depth was already pretty crowded, and now Hanigan is added to the mix. He will compete with Bryan Holaday in spring training for the backup spot behind Cameron Rupp. This all but ensures that prospects Andrew Knapp and Jorge Alfaro will open the year at Triple-A.
The Red Sox declined their 2017 option on Hanigan's contract, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Hanigan's skill at the plate drastically regressed from 2015's already-mediocre performance. Over 35 games in the majors, he recorded a .171 batting average and struck out in more than 20 percent of his at-bats. If he gets signed by another team, the 36-year-old will likely serve as a reserve option or simply provide organizational depth behind the plate.