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MLB Rumors: Joel Hanrahan working his way back, could sign with new team soon


In the 2011 and 2012 seasons, closer Joel Hanrahan saved a combined 76 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He then signed with the Boston Red Sox to tighten things up in the back of their bullpen.

That plan did not work out so well, as a season-ending operation to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing arm ended his season after only nine appearances with the Sox. His effectiveness in those nine games was also suspect, as he went 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA and four saves.

Now a free agent, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Hanrahan is working his way back and his velocity is increasing.

Earlier this off-season the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles were rumored to have interest in Hanrahan. Both teams still could certainly use a boost in the back of the bullpen if that is something Hanrahan is able to offer. It seems reasonable that he could join either team on a low-risk, show-me type of deal with the chance to take on a more expanded role down the line.

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