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Rays trade for RHP Bell, C Hanigan in three-team deal

12/03/2013 4:38 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Heath Bell had 15 saves for Arizona in 2013.(AP)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds and reliever Heath Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

The deal was announced Monday after Hanigan agreed to a $10.75 million, three-year contract that runs through 2016 an includes a club option for 2017.

Tampa Bay sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named to the Diamondbacks. Arizona dealt left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati.

The 33-year-old Hanigan is expected to become Tampa Bay's primary catcher. The trade was completed a day after free agent catcher Jose Molina was re-signed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract.

Bell will be a candidate to become the Rays' closer.

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