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The Cincinnati Reds made another roster move on Tuesday as they have sent catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a left handed pitcher.

Hanigan was made expendable when the Reds acquired Brayan Pena from Detroit back in early November. He hit .198 with two homers and 21 RBI in a injury laden 2013. For his career, all with Cincinnati, he has hit .262 with 20 homers and 138 RBI. Hanigan has also caught two no-hitters, both thrown by Homer Bailey. He will join Jose Molina, whom the Rays re-signed to a two-year deal on Monday, as Tampa Bay's catching duo.

In return the Reds received a Double-A All-Star in lefty David Holmberg from Arizona. He went 5-8 for the Mobile BayBears with a 2.75 ERA and had 116 strikeouts in just over 157 innings. Holmberg made his MLB debut on Aug. 27 with the Diamondbacks and was knocked around in 3.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.

Arizona also sent former All-Star reliever Heath Bell to Tampa Bay in exchange for pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named later. It was the second time in the past year the Reds and Diamondbacks have been involved in a three team trade. Last December, the Reds sent Didi Gregorious to Arizona, and received Shin-Soo Choo from Cleveland, while the Diamondbacks sent a trio of pitchers to the Indians.

Hanigan will return to Cincinnati on April 11 as the Rays will come to Great American Ballpark for a three game series in the first interleague match-up for each team.

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