The New York Yankees were heavily in the mix for former Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan and were looking to add him to their bullpen, but they were beaten out for his services.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported on Friday that the Detroit Tigers have signed Hanrahan to a deal and will join their bullpen, aa bullpen that already has a former Yankee in it with Joba Chamberlain.
tigers agree to deal with joel hanrahan— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 2, 2014
Hanrahan is coming off Tommy John Surgery from last year which ended his season early with the Boston Red Sox, who acquired him back in December of 2012, but him and Andrew Bailey both went down for the season. Bailey has since signed with the Yankees back in February, but won't be ready to pitch until August.
The Tigers bullpen took a blow when they lost potential closer Bruce Rondon to Tommy John Surgery and Joe Nathan has struggled with his command early on as the Detroit closer, thus why they were one of the five teams heavily in the mix for Hanrahan.
The Yankees could have used Hanrahan due to the fact that they have had to move both David Phelps and Vidal Nuno from the bullpen into the starting rotation due to the injuries sustained to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. Nova is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his elbow and needing Tommy John Surgery, while Pineda is out for 3-4 weeks due to suffering a Grade 1 strain of his back.
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