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MLB Rumors: Joel Hanrahan drawing interest from four teams


Joel Hanrahan, working his way back from an operation to repair his flexor tendon as well as Tommy John surgery, is a veteran relief pitcher with experience closing games.

Multiple teams are considering whether or not they should take a flier on Hanrahan. According to Nick Cafardo, multiple teams will monitor his progress.

Hanrahan has shifted his training base to Tampa, moving toward his first showcase for teams, which should happen shortly…The Red Sox have some interest in bringing back Hanrahan, but there are enough teams (Tigers, Orioles, Yankees) in need of back-end relievers that he likely wouldn’t go that route.

The Orioles, in particular, seem like a logical fit given the uncertainty at their closer spot. Maybe Hanrahan doesn’t have much to offer, but it makes sense that teams are interested to see if he does. At age 32, Hanrahan’s best seasons came in 2011 and 2012 when he saved 40 and 36 games, respectively. He has a career 3.85 ERA.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Joel Hanrahan New York Yankees

  • Thomas Katona

    Don’t know if it’s me or not but to myself a good fastball is 95 or better with some movement on it. These commentators seem to think differently! Think Belatances might have the most velocity for yanks.