UPDATE, 11:58 PM:
The Mets, along with more than a dozen other teams, attended free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan‘s showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday.
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
During the showcase, his velocity was reportedly between 87 and 93 MPH.
Hanrahan’s average fastball velocity in 2013 was 96.6 MPH.
Hanrahan, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May.
Some reports say he’ll be ready to return in May, others suggest that June is more realistic.
There’s clearly tons of interest in Hanrahan, but that’s not something that should deter the Mets if they feel he’s returned to form.
Now that the Mets actually have a glaring need at the back of the bullpen, signing Hanrahan (if the Mets think he can take over as closer and be effective) would be a no-brainer.