On Sunday, Redlegs Review staff writer wrote this report that the Reds were close to signing free agent utility infielder Jack Hannahan. On Wednesday, the move came to fruition as Hannahan and Cincinnati struck an accord. The Reds officially announced the signing on Thursday.
The 32-year old spent the 2012 campaign as a member of the Cleveland Indians and posted a .244/.312/.341 line in 105 game appearances. He also added 16 doubles, 4 homers, and 29 RBI. The left-handed hitting Hannahan owns a .234 average and .316 on-base percentage in his 6-year MLB career. The Reds will be the fifth franchise he has played for after having suited up for the Tigers, Mariners, Athletics, and Indians.
Hannahan will be brought in to serve as the veteran backup to Todd Frazier at third base. He should also provide another left-handed bat off the bench for Dusty Baker to choose from in pinch-hitting situations.
The University of Minnesota product earned a salary of $1.135 million in '12.