Hanigan agreed to a minor-league deal with the Giants on Sunday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Hanigan slashed .267/.324/.347 over 33 games with the Rockies last season but had yet to catch on with a big-league club in 2018. The veteran backstop was cut loose by the Indians back in mid-March, and this will be his first opportunity with a team since. Hanigan will serve primarily as organizational depth, as Buster Posey is locked in as the main catcher, with Nick Hundley seemingly safe in a backup role.
Hanigan was released by the Indians on Monday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic Cleveland reports. Hanigan was never projected to make the team's Opening Day roster with Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes ahead of him. The 37-year-old is still a solid defender, but he doesn't figure to serve as anything more than organizational catching depth in 2018.
Hanigan agreed Monday with the Indians on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Both of the Indians' top two catchers from 2017 (Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes) have multiple years left on their contract and top prospect Francisco Mejia could be ready for duty behind the plate at some point this season, so it's difficult to envision Hanigan parlaying his minor-league deal into an extended stint with the big club in 2018, barring an injury to one of the aforementioned players. The 37-year-old Hanigan is well regarded for his receiving skills, but wouldn't bring much offensive upside to the table if he ends up landing regular plate appearances with the Indians. He slashed .267/.324/.347 across 112 plate appearances with Colorado last season, which equated to a meager 59 wRC+.
Hanigan logged just five regular-season at-bats after returning from the disabled list in early September. That being said, the veteran did notch three hits in those five at-bats, but the presence of Jonathan Lucroy really hurt Hanigan's value. His .267 batting average on the season was his best mark in that category since 2012 when he was still with the Reds, but he seems likely to remain a backup no matter where he lands this winter.
Hanigan (groin) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Hanigan is back with the big club after a brief stay on the shelf with a groin strain. The 37-year-old has appeared in just 29 games for the Rockies this season, compiling a .250/.311/.333 line with two homers. He'll return to his role as a reserve catcher for the Rockies down the stretch.