Free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan recently held an open pitching showcase about two weeks ago. He garnered the interest of several teams, including the Yankees. Hanrahan, coming of Tommy John surgery, looked pretty good according to scouts. He was hitting between 92-93 MPH on the gun, and appears to be in great shape. The 32-year-old right-hander last pitched for the Red Sox in 2013 before being shutdown with an elbow injury. The former all-star closer carries a 3.85 ERA, a record of 22-11, and has recorded 100 career saves since 2007.
MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that one of the teams showing interest are the Yankees. The Red Sox, Rangers, Tigers and Rockies are also showing “strong interest,” according to Heyman. Hanrahan has apparently received multiple offers these teams and likely will be looking for a major league deal. The teams eyeing him all have serious pitching needs, with the exception of Boston and Colorado.
With Ivan Nova out for the season, and recent injury to Michael Pineda, the Yankees need some pitching and need it soon. Starters should be the priority, but the bullpen is already on the thin side. Over the last two weeks we’ve seen multiple roster moves by the team, bringing up the likes of Shane Greene, Chris Leroux and Matt Daley during that span.
Now that David Phelps and Vidal Nuno are filling the rotation holes, the bullpen will eventually become more and more exposed. Until the Pineda’s suspension is up, the team will continue to play with a 24-man roster. Pineda will likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 5th, giving them the ability to either sign Hanrahan, or bring up another arm from the minors. Hanrahan is said to be weighing his options and will not hold any more workouts before making his decision.