Bell heads to Tampa Bay to complete 3-team deal
The three-team deal that was alluded to when Ryan Hanigan was first reportedly sent to Tampa Bay has been completed, and reliever Heath Bell will join Hanigan on the Rays.
While Tampa Bay acquired those two players — from the Reds and D-backs, respectively — the D-back have acquired right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named later from the Rays. Cincinnati acquires left-handed David Holmberg from the D-backs.
The Rays and Hanigan agreed to a three-year contract extension covering the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, with a club option for 2017, worth a guaranteed $10.75 million.
“Devin Mesoraco will have the opportunity to become a front-line catcher for us,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said in a statement. “Holmberg provides us with the quality pitching depth that every team needs.”
— Joey Nowak