The Reds and Ryan Hanigan agree to a three-year deal

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Ryan Hanigan is something more than a backup catcher for the Reds. It’s a split job, really, with he and Ramon Hernandez each taking roughly half the load (but for an injury to Hanigan last year it would have been closer to even workload).  Hanigan responded to this arrangement fairly well in 2010, hitting .300/.405/.429. It was a spike from his production in a similar amount of play in the previous year, but the Reds apparently think he’s worth rewarding, as Buster Olney reports that the Reds have signed him to a three-year, $4 million deal.

The contract includes $800,000 in incentives. No word on how much of that money will be diverted to a certain Ohio blogger who maintains that Hanigan willfully and wantonly missed a ball while playing long toss at the Reds spring training complex two weeks ago, allowing said ball to strike said blogger in the arm causing grievous bodily injury, pain and suffering.
Rumors that the blogger was fiddling with his phone and not paying attention while standing directly behind Hanigan are unfounded and damn nigh slanderous.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.