SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and catcher Ryan Hanigan have agreed to a $4 million, three-year contract.
Hanigan, who attended Andover High School in Massachusetts, gets a $300,000 signing bonus and salaries of $450,000 this year, $1.2 million in 2012 and $2.05 million in 2013.
His 2013 salary can escalate by up to $400,000 for games started in 2012: $50,000 each for 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100, and $75,000 apiece for 105 and 110. He has those same provisions as performance bonuses for the 2013 season.
“This gives him some security,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s worked hard on learning how to drive in runs. He’s always ready and always helpful.”
Originally signed out of a tryout camp, Hanigan hit .300 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 203 at-bats last season.
The 30-year-old would have been eligible for arbitration next winter. He now will be eligible for arbitration after the 2013
“He has always been alert from the beginning,” Baker said. “He has meetings with the pitchers and other catchers. He’s like
the kid in school who always raised his hand and knew the answer.”
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