Rays get Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan in 3-team deal; reliever Heath Bell also coming to Tampa Bay

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(WTSP/Cincinnati.com) -- The Rays confirmed on Tuesday that Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan and Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Heath Bell are coming to Tampa Bay as part of a three-team deal, pending MLB approval.

Ken Rosenthal Jon Morosi first reported the trade earlier via Twitter.

In return for Bell and Hanigan, the Rays are sending minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a person to be named later to Arizona. Arizona meanwhile, is sending left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati.

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Hanigan agreed to a $10.75 million, three-year contract that runs through 2016 an includes a club option for 2017.

Hanigan has been a member of the Cincinnati Reds throughout his Major League career, which started in 2007. The Rays tweeted that Hanigan has gunned down 42.3 percent of attempted base stealers over last two years, 2nd best in the majors, behind Yadier Molina.

Bell is a 3-time All-Star and a potential closer for the Rays. Over past 5 seasons, only two other pitchers have as many saves: Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon.

With the addition of Hanigan and the Rays just re-signing Jose Molina to a 2-year deal, the fate of catcher Jose Lobaton seems to be unclear. There are some rumors circulating that Lobaton could be heading to the Chicago White Sox, but nothing is official.

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