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Sources: Rockies sign Hanigan to Minors deal

March 28, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In an effort to add experience to their catching mix, the Rockies reached a Minor League agreement with Ryan Hanigan, who was recently released by the Phillies, Major League sources said Tuesday. The contract has not yet been announced by the club, and Hanigan will have to

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In an effort to add experience to their catching mix, the Rockies reached a Minor League agreement with Ryan Hanigan, who was recently released by the Phillies, Major League sources said Tuesday. The contract has not yet been announced by the club, and Hanigan will have to pass a physical.
Hanigan, 36, caught 10 seasons for the Reds (2007-13), Rays (2014) and Red Sox (2015-16). According to Major League sources, Hanigan's deal carries a $1.25 million Major League salary.

Hanigan will join the Rockies on Friday, the next-to-last day before breaking camp, and begin the regular season at Triple-A Albuquerque. He offers postseason experience (with the Reds in 2010, 2012 and 2013), and insurance for a club that plans to begin the regular season with second-year man Tony Wolters and rookie Dustin Garneau behind the plate.
Additionally, rookie Tom Murphy will begin the year on the 10-day disabled list with a hairline fracture of the right forearm. The Rockies hope he will return in late April.
Hanigan has been an above-average receiver and thrower much of his career. He is a right-handed batter with a career .250/.345/.334 slash line.
Hanigan signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies in the offseason, and batted .389 in nine Grapefruit League games. But the Phillies released Hanigan and John Holaday on Wednesday, which leaves their catching tandem Cameron Rupp and Andrew Knapp.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and** like his Facebook page**.