Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
Wasn't he left off the 40-man roster last year (and the year before that and the year before that)? Where were the 29 teams lined up that wanted him in those years?
Hanigan has always been considered kind of an afterthought due to his lack of tools, and until 2007, no one would've considered him a top-30 prospect in the organization. Also, he regressed a huge amount in 2006, and it was most likely due to injuries (that limited him to only 64 games). If he had shown plus receiver skills, power, and/or speed by then, he would've had a good chance of being on someone's 40-man roster. There are plenty of players who were considered borderline prospects for their first few years as professionals before being desired by other organizations, and Hanigan is another example. He's no perennial All-Star, but I'd be thrilled to have him as a backup.