The Reds will lean on Hanigan more than ever in '12
ESPN.com's Buster Olney revealed a rather interesting tidbit in his latest piece from Saturday. In it he claims there were discussions between the Rays and the Reds about a deal involving veteran backstop Ryan Hanigan. Here's the excerpt on what allegedly transpired:
"Seth Smith has been in the middle of a lot of trade talk this winter, and one of the ideas that was discussed early this winter was Tampa Bay acquiring Smith and then flipping him to the Cincinnati Reds in return for catcher Ryan Hanigan, whose on-base percentage and relatively modest salary make him a perfect fit for the Rays."
Count me as one of the people who's glad this trade never came to fruition. Hanigan will be relied on more heavily in 2012 than any other year in his previous five with the organization. With veteran Ramon Hernandez now suiting up for another club, it'll be crucial for Hanigan to not only produce on the f...