Ryan Hanigan traded for pitcher David Holmberg
In a three-way trade involved the Reds, Rays, and Diamondbacks, catcher Ryan Hanigan is headed for Tampa. What do the Reds get in return? David Holmberg, Diamondbacks prospect who pitched mostly in AA last year with a 2.75 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 157 1/3 innings. Is this a great trade for the Reds? Probably not, but it’s better than getting nothing for the aging catcher (33 years old). Holmberg is only 21 and has been compared to Terry Mulholland and David Wells, impressing Kirk Gibson and other Arizona coaches last spring. His AA pitching coach said, “He has a great feel for four pitches. He has good sink, excellent location and he carries himself like he’s never nervous, never fazed. He’s going to be a good, solid major league pitcher.”
The Reds are pretty crowded on the mound, so I don’t expect to see Holmberg in a significant role for Cincinnati for at least a year. But it’s always good to have some insurance in the minor leagues in the event of injury. Just look at what Tony Cingrani did for the Reds last year when Johnny Cueto went down.
While not a great trade that will have immediate positive impact, it does show that Walt Jocketty didn’t want to let Hanigan go for nothing.