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.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

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The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.

Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.

Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.

The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.