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Ryan Hanigan Available?

Reds catcher suffered through career low offensive season.

In the wee hours of this morning, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Reds have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent catcher Brayan Pena, late of the Detroit Tigers. Off that news, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports had this…

Wait. Ryan Hanigan, available? All because of signing Brayan Pena? Seems the road could be leading that direction.

Ryan Hanigan is entering his final year of salary arbitration eligibility. For 2013, Hanigan suffered numerous injuries and hitting the disabled list on two occasions, limiting him to only 75 games played. This surely affected his offensive output as Hani produced a triple slash of .198/.306/.261, all career lows. He punched 2 homers and drove in 21 runners.

But the accolades for Hanigan come from his defense. For the past two seasons, he has led all of baseball in caught stealing. In 2012, he nailed 48.5% of would-be base stealers. Last season, that was 45.5%.

With Pena and Devin Mesoraco also on the 40-man, the consensus is that Hanigan could be the odd man out as far as the Reds catching duties.

There’s also the issue of Mesoraco. At 25, will Mes finally live up to the expectations that have been heaped on him since being the Reds top pick in 2007? Maybe the bigger question is does the front office feel that Mes’s time is now? Will Mes show the ability to handle the staff as Hanigan has done over he past six seasons?

Obviously, the answer to that is time will tell.

Factor in Mes is 25, Pena will be 32 in January, and Hanigan is 33 into this equation as well.

The 2013 performances of Mes and Hani was graded as a C- by our Torry Hamilton.

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