Rays get Ryan Hanigan, Heath Bell in three-team deal

Catcher Ryan Hanigan and reliever Heath Bell are coming to the Tampa Bay Rays.

As reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by the team, the Rays have gained the two players, plus cash considerations, as part of a three-team deal Tuesday that also involves the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rays send right-handed pitching prospect Justin Choate and a player to be named later to the Diamondbacks.

Hanigan’s deal is worth three years and $10.75 million with a club option for 2017.

The Reds, meanwhile, receive left-hander David Holmberg from the Diamondbacks.

Hanigan figured to be a coveted offseason target for the Rays, who were interested in strengthening their catching depth. With Brayan Pena signing a two-year deal with Cincinnati in November, Hanigan appeared to be an attractive trade piece.

The 33-year-old is a seven-year pro and has a career .262 batting average with 20 home runs and 138 RBI. He’s valuable for his defensive prowess, though, as shown by his 48 percent success rate of throwing out runners in 2012 and his 4 percent success rate last year.

Bell, meanwhile, is a three-time All-Star who could be a positive addition in the Rays’ search to add to their bullpen depth. A 10-year veteran, the 36-year-old has a 3.39 ERA in 611 1/3 innings in time spent with the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Diamondbacks. Last season, he had a 4.11 ERA and 15 saves in 65 2/3 innings with Arizona.

Choate, 22, spent last season with Class A Hudson Valley and was 1-3 with a 2.88 ERA and six saves in 40 2/3 innings.

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