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.”

3 Comments

HMMMMM…NO who is going to “Manage” THE ROTATION????? Devon Mes…..I think not….T2

Mes was getting better and better all season. Don’t get me wrong, he’s no Hanigan defensively, but it seemed like he earned a lot of pitchers trust last year while Hani was out…will absolutely miss hanigan though.

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