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Tigers sign Joel Hanrahan

May 2, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman of reports that the Tigers have signed right-hander Joel Hanrahan, who recently held a workout for teams to show them how he’s progressing in a return from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Hanrahan is expected to be ready for game action sometime in June and Heyman previously wrote that the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox, and Rockies were all in the mix to sign the former Pirates (and very briefly Red Sox) closer.

Prior to an injury wrecked 2013 season in Boston he saved 40 games in 2012 and 36 games in 2011 for Pittsburgh, posting a combined 2.24 ERA with 128 strikeouts in 128 innings during that time.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski always loves hard-throwing pitchers and few throw harder than Hanrahan, who averaged 96.5 miles per hour with his fastball from 2011-2013. Joe Nathan has the closer job locked down in Detroit, but the 32-year-old Hanrahan could emerge as a late-inning setup man in the second half if his recovery goes smoothly.

  1. doctorofsmuganomics - May 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM


  2. hoopmatch - May 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Now if they could only get Jack Hannahan from the Reds…

    • ryanprzy - May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Hannahan is a former Tigers prospect

    • jm91rs - May 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Is hannahan hurt right now? I haven’t heard his name called once this year.

      • jwbiii - May 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Yes. Hannahan had labrum surgery last October. Heh. He went to Cretin-Derham HS, as did Joe Mauer and Paul Molitor.

  3. pinerider22 - May 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Great pick-up. Now if they would only get rid of Coke.

  4. pwshrugged - May 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Seemed like the obvious fit from day one.

    Here’s hoping his arm is in good shape and he can help get the bullpen sorted out once he’s game-ready.

  5. eagles512 - May 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Thanks Amaro-he could have helped

    • imthewiz77 - May 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      No idea why the Phils don’t try to pick him/anyone up to help that pen

  6. Detroit Michael - May 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Tigers’ team pitching stats YTD:
    Starters: 2.98 ERA, 3.03 FIP
    Relievers: 5.37 ERA, 4.27 FIP

    This addressed a team need, especially given that they realistically intend to make the playoffs. The money doesn’t seem excessive from the initial reports: $1M guaranteed with the opportunit to earn $3M with incentives.

  7. metrocritical - May 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Risk free maneuver, with high potential upside and without giving up any players.

  8. wrongowright - May 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Jack Hannahan is on the 60 day DL. Just what the Tigers need, a mediocre 34 year old journeyman third baseman.

  9. holographicribs - May 3, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Good thing they didn’t sign Jack Hannahan, then, wrongowright.

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