Hannahan to play in S. Korea

Free agent 3B/1B Jack Hannahan has signed a one-year contract to play with the LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, MLB.com confirmed on Tuesday. It was first reported by Naver Sports, a site from Korea and KSTP-TV in Hannahan’s hometown of Minneapolis. KSTP said Hannahan will get $1 million to go abroad as he passed up Minor League contract offers from big league clubs.

Hannahan, 34, batted .209/.294/.278 with one homer and 16 RBIs in two seasons with the Reds while limited to just 109 games after he signed a two-year, $4 million contract. The deal came with a $4 million option for 2015, which the Reds bought out for $2 million.

Shoulder problems plagued Hannahan during his stay in Cincinnati. He played with a torn labrum in his right shoulder in 2013 and had surgery after the season. He did not return last season until July 27 and played only 26 games — but none at third base because he wasn’t ready to throw across the diamond yet.

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wow talk about leading a charmed life! first he gets the reds to pay him 6 million dollars to suck and now he gets a team in s.korea to pay him a million bucks to suck for them? I take it they must not have very much invested in scouting if they are going to pay guys like hanahan a million bucks.

Well, now … T’is the season … so let it go, and everyone have a Merry Christmas. Here’s hoping Santa leaves Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout’s love child under Walt’s tree. Happy Holidays and Go Reds!

Think about it. Think about what the Reds paid Hanahan. Think about Hanahan,s best hope was minor league contract in the US. Think about how the Reds structure their buyouts at 50% of contract. Think about Hanahan being worth $1,000,000 to only South Korea. If that doesn’t tell you that this ownership has it’s head in a very dark place, I don’t know what will. I’ll offer them some flashlights to find their way. Ridiculous.

MLB Trade Rumors…
Bryce Dixon, agent for Johnny Cueto, has already stated that his client will not listen to extension offers after the season begins, but he spoke at a bit more length with MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon about Cueto’s desire to remain with the Reds. Cueto “loves” Cincinnati, though Dixon did add the troubling caveat “if the numbers are right.” Dixon says he had preliminary contract talks with the Reds at the Winter Meetings and have exchanged a few text messages since, but there have been no further verbal discussions.

Pro Sports Daily…
The hot stove likely will be set on simmer and put on the back burner after today for the holidays. The industry usually goes quiet in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.That doesn’t mean the Orioles won’t continue to survey their options on adding outfielders, which remains their top priority since the departures of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis.According to sources, dialogue continues between the Orioles and the San Diego Padres, who have a surplus of outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton this month.The Padres need to move some outfielders, and left-handed hitters Seth Smith and Will Venable are drawing the most interest from the Orioles.Both Smith and Venable have pretty dramatic splits, hitting right-handers considerably better than left-handed pitching. But the Orioles appear content with starting the season with platoons in the outfield. – See more at: http://www.prosportsdaily.com/articles/orioles-still-interested-in-padres-seth-smith-and-will-venable-sources-say-334987.html#sthash.EQgbcYBr.dpuf

The Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $2.25MM deal with free agent outfielder Delmon Young, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports (links to Twitter).

Rest assurred that if other teams are interested in a player like Seth Smith, the Reds don’t have a chance. Players can see the writing on the wall for the Reds future and I think will opt for another that isn’t going to implode thanks to the ridiculous contracts this ownership entered into.

MLB Trade Rumors…
The Reds have signed southpaw Jose Mijares and right-hander Michael Bowden to minor league deals. Mijares posted strong numbers (3.23 ERA, 8.0 K/9, 2.22 K/BB rate) over 259 relief innings with the Twins, Royals and Giants from 2008-13 but didn’t pitch in 2014 after he opted out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox last March. Bowden was drafted 47th overall by the Red Sox in the 2005 draft and was considered a top prospect during his stint in Boston’s minor league system. He couldn’t manage that same success in the majors, posting a 4.51 ERA over 133 2/3 innings with the Red Sox and Cubs from 2008-13. Bowden pitched in Japan in 2014.

Whoopee!

Couldn’t have said it any better TiredOfWaiting !!!

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