Could Ryan Hanigan be a fit for the Mets?

Posted: November 8, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanRyan+Hanigan+San+Francisco+Giants+v+Cincinnati+Yft_Nlo6c78x

The Mets are going to be looking for a veteran backup catcher, someone who could mentor Travis d’Arnaud and play in about 60 games or so. Another option may have just opened up when the Cincinnati Reds signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal on Friday. Pena will be the Reds backup with Devin Mesoraco finally getting the chance to prove that he can be an everyday catcher in the big leagues. This leaves long time Red Ryan Hanigan without a job and is likely to be traded.

Hanigan, 33, has always been a strong defensive catcher but always gave the Reds a little bit of offense with a great eye at the plate. Hanigan has a career .359 on base percentage which is outstanding for a catcher. All of that changed in 2013 however as the backstop hit just .198 with a .306 OBP in 75 games. He battled numerous injuries including a wrist injury that set him back. Hanigan would be a very good backup for the New York Mets.

His BABIP (Batting average on balls in play) was a miniscule .216 which could hint at him being very unlucky last season. His career BABIP is .283 so his average should improve dramatically especially going to Citi Field where there is a lot more ground for balls to drop. He doesn’t have much power but could give the Mets something that haven’t really had since Ramon Castro left in 2009, a backup catcher who can hit a little bit.

Hanigan will be traded. He just finished a three year deal worth $4 million and is arbitration eligible for the final time this winter. he shouldn’t get more than $2-2.5 million. Hanigan would be a nice fit for the Mets because he’s a veteran who could really help d’Arnaud’s development and he can hit a little bit. He’s not going to break the bank in arbitration and wont cost much to acquire from the Reds.

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