Originally Posted by Benihana
Agree with this. Hanigan is well liked by other teams and could definitely fetch value in the trade market, especially from a team like the Rays. I'd love to see if Walt could coax a SS prospect like Hak Ju Lee or at least Tim Beckham for Hanigan. Maybe the Reds also look to buy low on OF prospect Josh Sale.
Either way Mez should get the bulk of starts in 2014 and Barnhart should be a capable backup.
I don't think he could get anything all that valuable. If he could get a decent LOOGY (better than Manny Parra), a decent Utility IF who isn't a complete waste withe the bat (think Adam Rosales) or somebody's 10 to 15 prospect coupled with saving a couple million dollars and clearing the path for Mesoraco, I think it's time. He'll be 33/34 next season.
As for Hanigan's offense: (in Response to Steve who makes a lot of good points on a regular basis)
2010 .834 OPS
2011 .714 OPS
2012 .703 OPS
2013 .530 OPS
He'll be 33 in August and looking at his best seasons in the rearview mirror. If Barnhart isn't ready, low cost vets who can back-up catcher are around. Hanigan could play that role, but I think as long as he's here, Mes won't ever get full claim to the job. I'd move him and stash a low cost vet at AAA a la Dioner Navarro whie giving Barnhart first crack at the back-up job.