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Mets expected to attend throwing session for Joel Hanrahan

Apr 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

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The Mets are going with Jose Valverde as their closer now that Bobby Parnell is headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery, but they are keeping their options open.

Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets are expected to attend a showcase for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He’ll throw for teams in a few weeks and should contribute at some point in the first half if all goes well with his rehab.

Hanrahan has previous experience in the closer role and posted a 2.24 ERA with the Pirates from 2011-2012, so he could be a worthwhile flier for New York. Likewise, it could be an attractive destination for the 32-year-old right-hander, as he could get a chance to save some games before hitting the free agent market again next winter. It’s anybody’s guess how much Valverde has left in the tank and New York’s other internal options have limited major league experience, so it’s a situation to watch.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    After leaving the Pirates they immediately got better.

    After a horrendous performance for the Sox, they won the World Series after injury ended his season.

    Maybe the Mets should sign him and immediately cut him. Maybe they’d have a shot at .500.

  2. slaugin - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Hard to blame him for sucking as a Red Sox seeing that he had to immediately have surgery.

  3. slaugin - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Meaning he was pitching through injury

  4. imthewiz77 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    The Phils should look at any an all relievers right now

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