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Reds enjoying catching surplus

Posted on: March 13, 2011 6:27 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ryan HaniganThe Reds have two of the top catching prospects in the game, but also want to keep current catcher Ryan Hanigan around, as the team agreed to a three-year, $4 million extension, according to's Buster Olney.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty wouldn't confirm the deal when reached by the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay, but Jocketty doesn't usually confirm deals until they are official. Jocketty told Fay the two sides were "close." Olney writes Hanigan can make up to $800,000 more based on playing time.

Hanigan, 30, hit .300/.405/.429 last season and has a career .379 on-base percentage. He is also an excellent defensive catcher. He is scheduled to be arbitration-eligible after the season. Jocketty has shown a propensity to buy out arbitration years. This offseason, the Reds bought out the arbitration years of Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Johnny Cueto. They tried to do the same with Edinson Volquez.

Cincinnati has Devin Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal in the minors waiting their turn. Mesoraco was the team's minor league player of the year in 2010 and Grandal was the team's first-round pick in last year's draft. Both are 22.

Hanigan and Ramon Hernandez are the Reds' current catchers and Jocketty said several teams have asked about Cincinnati's catchers. The team also has a solid veteran at Triple-A in Corky Miller.

"We've said no," Jocketty told the Enquirer. "We don't want to give up our surplus."

Hernandez is signed to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

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Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:45 pm

Reds enjoying catching surplus

Hernandez and Hanigan are no offensive superstars but combined they are a top catching duo on offense and solid on defense.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:34 pm

Reds enjoying catching surplus

Hernandez and Hanigan are the low points of their offensive, and defensively they aren't anything special. I like Mesoraco's potential a lot and hope the Reds call him up before the break to see if he's ready. Hernandez is ancient and injury prone, and hanigan is just good enough to not lose his job, not exactly what a team on the verge of making a possible playoff run needs. Just imagine if SF kept Posey in the minors all year and stuck w/ father time Molina..... it's safe to say they would not have won the world series or possibly have even made the playoffs. I'm not saying Mesoraco will win ROY this season, but the reds need to take some chances to win, no guts no glory. Same thing for chapman, he needs to be given a chance to close out games by the break, he can't be any worse than their current closer who blows saves even in his dreams.

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