Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are keeping that trade machine whizzing:
Source: Padres nearing a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to Boston for Will Middlebrooks.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 19, 2014
They had a hole at first base and Will Middlebrooks had nowhere to play in Boston, so this makes total sense. Meanwhile, the Red Sox get a catcher in Hanigan who can back up/split time with Christian Vazquez.
Hanigan, a good defensive catcher, hit .218/.318/.324 for the Rays last year. His time in San Diego lasted all of two days, coming over in that 11-player trade with the Nationals and Rays. Middlebrooks hit a dreadful .191/.256/.265 but has shown much better in the past. In San Diego, he will join a lineup that is already heavily right-handed.