Rather than take a minor-league deal from an MLB team veteran infielder Jack Hannahan has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with a team in South Korea, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP-TV in Minnesota.
Hannahan is coming off a two-year, $4 million deal with the Reds, who declined his $4 million option for 2015 following back-to-back injury wrecked seasons.
Several teams, including his hometown Twins, expressed interest in Hannahan for a potential bench role, but that likely would have been for about half the money the 35-year-old is getting in South Korea and wouldn’t have been guaranteed.
From Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN comes word that the Twins have “called on” free agent infielder Jack Hannahan. Wolfson says the Twins wanted Hannahan two years ago when he was a free agent and remain interested in working something out with the Twin Cities native despite his recent struggles.
Hannahan appeared in just 26 games this past season for the Reds due to a shoulder injury and batted .188/.220/.470 when he was healthy. And the 34-year-old only appeared defensively at first base.
Hannahan can probably be had on a minor league contract.
Cincinnati picking up a $10 million option on Johnny Cueto for next season was a no-brainer decision and at the opposite end of the spectrum so are declining 2015 options on Ryan Ludwick and Jack Hannahan.
Ludwick gets a $4.5 million buyout instead of a $9 million option and Hannahan gets a $2 million buyout instead of a $4 million option, both of which are very pricey buyout figures.
Ludwick had a great first season with the Reds in 2012, hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games on a cheap one-year contract, but then they signed him to a $15 million extension and he went on to hit just .243 with 11 homers and a .666 OPS in 150 games over the next two seasons.
Hannahan somehow talked the Reds into giving him a two-year contract after looking like little more than a decent bench player and then injuries wiped away even that modest value.