The Minnesota Twins are reportedly interested in signing free agent third baseman Jack Hannahan, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota. Wolfson states that the club had previous interest, as recently as two years ago, in signing Hannahan to a deal. Also, Wolfson imagines that the Twins would likely sign the third baseman to a minor-league contract, who would likely want to latch on to a team through a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.
#MNTwins called on ex-#Gophers/Indians/Reds 3B Jack Hannahan. Wanted him 2 years ago when he was a FA. Imagine he’s looking at a MiLB deal.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) December 14, 2014
Jack Hannahan, a 35-year-old native of St. Paul, Minnesota, attended college at the University of Minnesota, linking him to the Twins through home roots. The former Gopher only played in 26 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season, after he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Hannahan had his club option for the 2015 season that was worth $4 million declined by the Reds, to no surprise. The Reds ultimately had to buy out Hannahan by paying him a $2 million buyout fee.
In 26 games played for the Reds during the 2014 campaign, Hannahan had a slash line of .188/.220/.250 with no home runs and a pair of runs batted in over 50 plate appearances, as well as accumulating a .470 OPS and a 33 OPS+.
Over his eight-year major-league career, Hannahan has hit .231/.314/.346 with 29 home runs and 175 runs batted in for the Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds.
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