The Boston Red Sox had big plans for Joel Hanrahan when they acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.
But the veteran closer ended up hurting himself just days into his tenure with Boston and ended up missing the rest of the season while the Red Sox went on to win the 2013 World Series.
A free agent, Boston decided to let Hanrahan walk given his injury history, but the 32-year-old is determined to make a comeback.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Hanrahan, who is on the road to recovery plans to pitch for a handful of teams in the coming weeks (possibly this month) to show he’s healthy and will be able to be an effective member of a Major League bullpen this season.
Olney speculates the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets have could have interest in the former Pirates fireman, though it seems relatively broad considering both the Mets and Orioles are simply in need of a closer.
Joel Hanrahan is making progress; will throw for teams when he’s closer to 100 pct, perhaps in a month. My speculation: NYM, BAL poss. fits.