Tigers To Sign Free Agent Reliever Joel Hanrahan

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May 2

The Tigers have agreed to a deal with right-hander Joel Hanrahan, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Detroit was one of five teams recently reported to have “strong” interest in the highly regarded reliever who is one year removed from Tommy John surgery.

Hanrahan, 32, is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves lifetime, and he had 76 saves for the Pirates in 2011-12 when he made the All-Star team as their closer.

April 30

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies are among the teams showing strong interest in free-agent closer Joel Hanrahan, who is likely to sign before holding another open showcase.

Heyman adds that the former Red Sox closer is believed to have already received multiple offers, and that at least those five teams are thought to be in the running for the hard-throwing two-time All-Star.

Hanrahan, 32, is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves lifetime, and he had 76 saves for the Pirates in 2011-12 when he made the All-Star team as their closer.

April 25

Andy Martino of the Daily News checked in this week on a few free agents linked to Mets, and reports that the team still has not decided whether to pursue free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.

Hanrahan threw well at a recent showcase, but isn’t quite ready to contribute. One evaluator told Martino that is still about a month away.

And, according to sources, there is no momentum on the Stephen Drew front.  The shortstop’s medicals and link to draft-pick compensation have scared off all suitors so far, and the there is nothing new between him and the Mets.

April 21

Mike Puma of the NY Post was told the Mets still have not discussed whether they will make an offer to free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.

Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don’t be surprised if there’s quite a bit of competition for the two-time All-Star, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Teams have already discussing deals, but no word if the Mets are one of those teams

Scouts there said Hanrahan looked fit and healthy, and pitched at 87-93 mph, putting him possibly ahead of schedule for someone 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

Hanrahan, 32, saved 76 games in 2011-12 for the Pirates.

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