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Rays sign newly acquired Ryan Hanigan to extension

Ryan Hanigan, Mark Berry

Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Hanigan (29) is congratulated by third base coach Mark Berry (41) after Hanigan hit a three-run home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tim Stauffer in the third inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


As part of their trade acquiring Ryan Hanigan from the Reds earlier today the Rays announced a three-year, $10.75 million contract extension with the catcher.

The deal also includes an option for 2017, which means Hanigan is now under team control through age 36. He was arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014 and would have hit the open market as a free agent next offseason, so clearly being able to agree to the extension was a big part of the trade for the Rays.

Tampa Bay also picked up Heath Bell as part of the three-team swap with the Reds and Diamondbacks.

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