David Holmberg to Reds
Veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan was dealt from the Reds to the Rays as part of a three-way trade on Tuesday that also included the D-backs.
MLB.com has learned that Cincinnati received left-handed starting pitcher David Holmberg from Arizona in the transaction. Reliever Heath Bell is headed from the D-backs to Tampa Bay and Minor League left-handed pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named later is going from the Ray to the D-backs.
According to multiple reports, Hanigan was signed to a three-year, $10.75 million contract by Tampa Bay. He would have been a free agent after the 2014 season.
Holmberg, 22, has spent most of the last two seasons at Double-A Mobile, where he was 5-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 26 starts this season. In 157 1/3 innings, he allowed 138 hits and 50 walks while striking out 116.
In the lone Major League appearance of his career, on Aug. 27 vs. the Padres, Holmberg pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs, six hits and three walks. He was ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the D-backs system by MLB.com.
Originally a second-round pick of the White Sox in the 2009 Draft, Holmberg was traded along with pitcher Daniel Hudson to Arizona for pitcher Edwin Jackson on July 30, 2010.
UPDATE at 3:34 p.m.: Arizona announced the trade first.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named later or cash considerations as part of a three-team trade that sent right-handed pitcher Heath Bell and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays. The D-backs also traded left-handed pitcher David Holmberg to the Cincinnati Reds, who then sent catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The announcements were made by D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.
UPDATE at 3:41 p.m.: The Reds have now made their announcement. Here is Walt Jocketty quote from the team’s statement:
“Devin Mesoraco will have the opportunity to become a front-line catcher for us,” Jocketty said. “Holmberg provides us with the quality pitching depth that every team needs.”