MLBTR confirmed that the Mets did attend a light bullpen today to watch Joel Hanrahan as Buster Olney reported on Thursday.
Hanrahan’s agent Mike Dillon of Reynolds Sports Management tells MLBTR:
“Reports of a showcase workout with Joel Hanrahan are inaccurate. Teams that have been interested in watching his light bullpens have been welcome and the Mets are watching him today. We do not anticipate Joel throwing for multiple clubs in a ‘showcase’ type of workout until early March when he will be closer to 100%. Having said that, we are excited and very encouraged with Joel’s progress.”
It looks like even if the Mets were to land Hanrahan, he might be looking at a potential May or June return to the majors.
Hanrahan, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery last May and also had the flexor tendon in his right elbow repaired.
The veteran reliever had two solid seasons for the Pirates saving 36 games and posting a 2.72 ERA in 2012, and saving 40 contests with a 1.83 ERA in 2011.
MLB Trade Rumors is also reporting that the Brewers have agreed on a one year major league deal with former Met Francisco Rodriguez.. K-Rod will earn $3.25 million with another $550K in incentive bonuses according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Rodriguez delivered a solid season for the Brew Crew in 2013 posting a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances with ten saves. But he didn’t fare as well after being traded to the Orioles where his ERA climbed to 4.50 in 22 innings for the O’s.
Rodney, 36, was reportedly being pursued by the Mets despite being downplayed by Sandy Alderson.
Last season, Rodney saved 37 games for the Rays with a 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. Down the stretch, Rodney bore down and posted a 0.82 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in September.