Expectations for Ryan Hanigan were relatively low entering 2017, especially given that he only received a minor-league contract from the Rockies during the offseason. However, an injury to Tom Murphy and struggles by Tony Wolters forced the veteran backstop into full-time duty for a stretch. He responded by hitting .267, his best batting average since 2012. Granted, most of Hanigan's production came against lefties, who surrendered a massive 1.248 OPS to him, and he was fortunate on balls in play (.338 BABIP). His value plummeted after the Rockies obtained Jonathan Lucroy via trade, but his respectable production kept him on the major-league roster for a larger portion of the season than expected. Currently a free agent, Hanigan will have to fight for a roster spot in spring training wherever he ends up.
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.
Hanigan was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain. Hanigan said he was "a little banged up" over the weekend, according to Nick Groke of The Denver Post, so the Rockies decided to give him some time on the shelf to get better. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined at this point, but the Rockies won't miss him much given the recent addition of Jonathan Lucroy. Tony Wolters was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and will serve as the backup to Lucroy until Hanigan is back.
Hanigan has a strained groin, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. Hanigan remarked that he's "a little banged up" and, as such, should be considered day-to-day heading into Tuesday's series opener against the Royals. The catcher doesn't play much anyway -- he only has 96 at-bats this year -- so any absence won't have much, if any, fantasy impact.