EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 24, 2013

"Very good chance for Hanigan trade"

By Christopher Smith
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — “VERY GOOD CHANCE”

FOR HANIGAN TRADE

As I wrote in yesterday’s baseball column, major league catcher and Andover High graduate Ryan Hanigan appears on his way out of Cincinnati now that the Reds have signed Brayan Pena to back up Devin Mesoraco.

I pointed out that the Red Sox should consider trading for the 33-year-old catcher.

Hanigan and his agent Tom O’Connell are preparing for a trade.

“We’ve had several conversations with the premise on there’s a very, very good chance he’ll be traded at some point,” O’Connell told The Eagle-Tribune.

Hanigan has a .359 career on-base percentage and is considered an elite defender. The catcher struggled offensively this past season, but he suffered through a sprained wrist and oblique injury.

“Ryan’s been rehabbing his wrist (and is) almost 100 percent,” O’Connell said. “I anticipate him having strong 2014 season. He dealt with nagging injuries from spring training throughout the (2013) season. But with that said, Ryan is not only a strong offensive option for any club, but he’s one of the best defensive catchers in the game.”

PHILLY’S PHENOM

The Philadelphia 76ers have to be quite pleased with how they did in the 2013 draft, adding two Massachusetts natives, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

Noel (left knee) hasn’t played yet and might miss the season. But the Everett resident should make for quite the duo with Hamilton’s Carter-Williams, who is the NBA’s top rookie so far.

Carter-Williams is averaging 17.3 points per game, 7.4 assists per game and 5.7 rebounds per game through 11 games.

His stats are better than at Syracuse where he averaged 8.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 5.2 apg in 66 games over two seasons.

Here is link to a brief video documentary of Carter-Williams:

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2013/11/21/20131121-action-carter-williams.nba.

WARM OVER COOL

With the Patriots and Broncos battling last night in absolutely freezing weather, it brought me back to my high school football days.

Admittedly, I was a terrible player. But I did get on the field some. And I always went to the long-sleeved shirt when it was cold.

It’s a well-known perception that those who wear long-sleeved shirts under their jerseys are going to be mocked for not being tough.

I didn’t care who made fun of me, I would have rather been warm than cool.

That said, nobody ever said a thing to me.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The San Francisco 49ers (6-4 overall, 3-2 on road) will play at the Washington Redskins (3-7 overall, 2-2 at home) today at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Niners QB Colin Kaepernick has completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,802 yards, 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 81.8 rating.

Washington QB Robert Griffin III has completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 2,714 yards, 14 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 83.6 rating.

EX-WARRIORS IN AHL

Former Merrimack College star Stephane Da Costa, who has played four games for the Ottawa Senators this year but is with the AHL Binghamton Senators now, is 16th in the AHL in scoring with 19 points in 15 games.

He has scored six goals and recorded 13 assists.

Former Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata has played four games for the AHL Utica Comets.

He has a 3.50 goals against average and a 0.871 save percentage. The Comets are the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.

Follow Christopher Smith on Twitter @SmittyOnMLB.