The Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks have completed a three team trade, per reports. Let's breakdown this deal and touch on the important parts.
Rays Receive: Heath Bell (from Arizona), Ryan Hanigan (from Cincinnati)
Reds Receive: David Holmberg (from Arizona)
Diamondbacks Receive: Justin Choate (from Tampa Bay) and a player to be named later
The Rays receive the most-proven player in the deal, Heath Bell. He has not pitched particularly well since his tenure with San Diego, but he did post a 5-2 record with a very respectable 4.11 ERA. Since becoming the closer with San Diego in 2009, Bell has posted 166 saves, which is an average of 33 per year. The Rays' bullpen ranked 18th in the majors in ERA with a 3.59 mark. The Rays will also be receiving catcher Ryan Hanigan from Cincinnati. Hanigan, 33, has a career .262/.359/.343 slash line while mostly serving as the backup catcher for Cincinnati.
The Reds receive promising prospect David Holmberg, who is on the verge of making and staying in the Major Leagues. The former 2nd round pick has a career 3.40 ERA in 109 minor league appearances (102 starts). In 2013, Holmberg went 5-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 26 starts in AA. In his lone MLB start, Holmberg went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs.
The Diamondbacks will be receiving 22-year old Justin Choate from Tampa Bay. In his first year of pro ball, Choate went 1-3 with a 2.88 ERA in short-season A ball. The Diamondbacks will also be receiving a player to be named later.