April 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) pitches during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers agree to deal with Joel Hanrahan

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.

Hanrahan, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May and recently held a showcase for interested teams – the Mets included.

After Hanrahan’s showcase, it was reported that the Mets were unsure whether or not they would make a bid for his services.

According to those in attendance Hanrahan was sitting in the low-90s with his fastball during his showcase a few weeks ago, and was likely to be ready to return to the majors in June.

Thoughts:

Hanrahan would’ve been a good fit for the Mets bullpen (and lots of other bullpens) provided that he’s fully healthy.

While the Mets attended Hanrahan’s showcase, they’ve maintained that they’re looking for internal solutions for the bullpen.

Kyle Farnsworth serving as the closer for more than a short period of time seems untenable, and Vic Black – another candidate – is struggling badly with his command in Triple-A Las Vegas.

A logical internal option the Mets may try out is Jacob deGrom, who is excelling for Triple-A Las Vegas in a starting role. However, due to the plethora of starting pitchers the Mets have, deGrom’s ultimate role with the club will likely be in the bullpen.

 

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