August 29, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

At least 5 teams interested in Joel Hanrahan


A month into the season and it can already be determined which teams need some help in certain areas.

For teams needing some bullpen assistance, Joel Hanrahan is relatively close to signing with a team. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that at least five teams are displaying known interest in the former closer. The Red Sox, Rockies, Yankees, Tigers, and Rangers are all in the hunt for the services of the Tommy John patient.

For a team like the Rangers, Rockies or Tigers, the 32-year old righty could provide stability and experience to bullpens struggling with consistency. For the Red Sox and Yankees, Hanrahan would be a fortification of strong bullpens that are viewed as strengths for the team.

Hanrahan, before 2013 was lost to Tommy John surgery as a member of the Red Sox, was a two-time All-Star closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over his four year tenure with the Bucs, Hanrahan compiled 82 saves with a 10-8 record and a 2.59 ERA.

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