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Rockies sign Ryan Hanigan to minor-league deal

Hanigan provides experienced depth for a young catching group.

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rockies have signed catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor-league contract. MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports the deal is worth $1.25 million if Hanigan is on the major-league roster.

Hanigan was released by the Phillies on Monday. He signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies back in January but lost out to Andrew Knapp to be Philadelphia’s backup catcher behind Cameron Rupp.

Turning 37 this summer, Hanigan spent the previous two seasons with the Red Sox. He slashed .171/.230/.238 across 105 at-bats last season. It’s unclear what the Rockies’ plan is for Hanigan, but he could slide in as Tony Wolters’ backup while Tom Murphy recovers from a broken forearm that is expected to sideline him another 2-4 weeks.