Earlier this offseason, the Phillies signed veteran catcher Bryan Holaday to a minor league deal. They added his former teammate, Ryan Hanigan on a minor league deal Wednesday. The 36-year old Hanigan has played in 10 major league seasons with Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Boston, and holds a career line of 28-202-.250/.345/.334 in 647 major league games.
Holaday and Hanigan were teammates on last year's Red Sox team, with Hanigan playing in 35 games and hitting .171 with Boston.
The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Hanigan will compete with Holaday, Andrew Knapp and potentially, Jorge Alfaro to serve as the backup to Cameron Rupp. The Phillies will also have minor league catchers Logan Moore and Chace Numata with the big league club when camp opens in Clearwater for pitchers and catchers on February 14. As veterans, Holaday and Hanigan would seem to have the inside track on the backup job, but since neither are on the 40-man roster, it's possible that Knapp, the 25-year old catching prospect, who is on the 40-man roster could win the job with a good showing in spring training.
Hanigan made his major league debut in 2007 when he played in five games with the Reds. His best season came in 2012, when he played in 112 games with a line of 2-24-.274/.365/.338 with Cincinnati. Following the 2013 season, Hanigan was dealt to Tampa Bay as part of a three-team trade that also included the Arizona Diamondbacks. After one season with the Rays, Hanigan was again part of a three-team deal between Tampa Bay, San Diego and Washington and wound up with the Padres. San Diego then immediately traded him to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks, and he spent two seasons with Boston before becoming a free agent following the 2016 season, when the Red Sox declined the option year on Hanigan's contract.
Ryan Hanigan career stats