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New York Mets Interested in Reliever Joel Hanrahan

February 8th, 2014 at 11:38 AM
By Mike Phillips

With spring training rapidly approaching, the remaining free agents are trying to latch on with a new team before the new year starts. This means a lot of players with major league experience may be forced to settle for low value deals in order to secure a job for the year, which usually benefits frugal clubs who can find bargains. Mets' GM Sandy Alderson hit it big with two bargain basement players last season, adding Marlon Byrd and LaTroy Hawkins on minor league deals. While the Mets have already added two starters (Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan) and a reliever (Kyle Farnsworth) on minor league deals, the Mets are still looking for bullpen upgrades. The Mets watched former Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan throw a light bullpen session on Friday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

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Hanrahan went 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in only nine appearances for the Red Sox last season before being sidelined with a torn flexor tendon muscle. In the two years prior with the Pittsburgh Pirates, however, Hanrahan recorded 76 saves as the team's closer. Hanrahan was expected to be the closer for the Red Sox in 2013 before the elbow injury ended his season. Hanrahan is expected to audition for teams over the next few months and is expected to be fully healthy by May. The Mets are one of several teams that have expressed interest in Hanrahan's services. 

If the Mets do add Hanrahan, he would fit the mantra of Sandy Alderson's goal for the bullpen this season. After losing LaTroy Hawkins early in the offseason, Alderson indicated that he would be pursuing veteran relievers with closing experience to enhance his bullpen. Hanrahan fits the bill as he was a two time All Star closer for the Pirates and also closed for the Washington Nationals in the past. Hanrahan would likely serve as an eventual set up man with the Mets, and offer more veteran insurance in case top young options Bobby Parnell and Vic Black run into trouble this season. 

 

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Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.

Tags: Baseball, Joel Hanrahan, MLB, New York, New York Mets

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