Joel Hanrahan (AP)

Joel Hanrahan threw a light bullpen session for the Mets on Friday

Mets scouts watched free agent RHP Joel Hanrahan throw a light bullpen session in Texas on Friday (Carig, Feb. 7).

The session was intended to gauge Hanrahan’s progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon muscle, and Hanrahan’s agents intend to showcase him for multiple clubs in early March. He is expected to be fully recovered by May.

Hanrahan, 32, went 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in only nine games for the Red Sox in 2013.

He saved 76 games for the Pirates between 2011 and 2012, allowing just 96 hits, 52 walks and nine home runs in 128 innings.




34 comments
MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

OK.....Hanrahan threw a bullpen session..... So, How did the Mets scouts grade his performance?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Don't want another reclamation project. He might have something left in the tank but I'd still prefer to see what some of our minor league talent could do.

Andy
Andy

What is Rick Vaughn up to?

mets2014
mets2014

Sign a healthy guy that could pitch from day 1...Kevin Gregg makes the most sense imo

Paul Kersey
Paul Kersey

Hanrahan would be a perfect guy for mets if he is willing to accept an incentive laden deal

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

The Mets should've sign Rodney!!!

Joseph
Joseph

Excellent pick up for the mets

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

This would be a great signing. This guy does not have a long injury history. What he does have is experience as a dominant closer. If he returns to form, he becomes an elite eighth inning guy who either brings the Mets to the playoffs or gets traded to a team in need of a closer at the trading deadline. Low-risk, very high-reward signing.

mike23
mike23

I don't know you are trying to get insurance for Parnell who was injured by adding another injured pitcher trying to recover from injury... seems to me that the mets should be focusing on healthy bullpen arms, I mean if they can get Hanrahan on the cheap with incentives ok but mets should still add a already healthy/proven bullpen arm and not just go the cheap/injured pitcher route. 

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Oh please Spring Training please start !!!!!! I'm so ready for real baseball !!,

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The article says that he was going to throw and the Mets could attend if they wanted to.  That he's going to throw another one next month for all the world to see.  Sounds like a long shot, assuming he's game ready.

nagel100
nagel100

nothing to lose is there?

Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson

If healthy, this is the veteran bullpen arm that I would like us to add to the back end of our bullpen. However, obviously without seeing him throw in person, I would imagine that he is not far enough along in his rehab to be an impact arm for us out of the gate; having had TJ surgery less than a year ago. I think that Madson, who looked healthy and impressive in front of a number of teams the other day, would probably make more sense for the Mets for this season (assuming that the money between those two is in the same ballpark). 

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

If healthy another hard thrower that is regularly 96-99 and according to Wikipedia hit 102. Again if healthy with Parnell healthy. Germann Black familia. That's five guys that sit 94 to 95. I like the look they are going for. This is how Pittsburgh got back to relevancy. Starters look solid with more coming through. U have essentially 4 to 5 B to A plus prospects competing for one starter spot. And 2-3 good to great pitching prospects at every level from high A to AAA. That's a foundation for success. Always someone chomping at the bit to take the guy above him spot.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

it's an intriguing idea. What sort of terms are we talking about? W/o that, we are really just flying blind here. 

Patrick Gaffney
Patrick Gaffney

Hell probably sign with another team like the reds or orioles

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

if this plays out like most stories this winter, he will sign with another team shortly

Adam Dubbs
Adam Dubbs

Would love this signing!!!! It's perfect for the Mets timing wise as well. It allows them to give a lot of the young arms with options a shot in April and they will all be aware that the one performing the worst when Hanrahan is ready...it'll be back to Vegas for them.

And could you imagine the upside of this guy returning to form mid summer. Changes our whole pen!!

Tim Kinnie
Tim Kinnie

That would be a nice under the radar signing.

Kevin McManus
Kevin McManus

Kevin Gregg has been one of the worst relievers in baseball for years. I'm surprised he can still get a tryout let alone a major league contract. Ask any fan from one of the many teams he's pitched for. He sucks

Paul Kersey
Paul Kersey

I can't get over why they didn't sign LaTroy Hawkins who was reliable and effective in 2013

mike23
mike23

@Joseph  they didn't sign him yet, they only watched his workout to see if he's healthy or not

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Mets didn't even attend Madson workout

spider43
spider43

@Alex Ferguson  ...  Agreed. I like Hanrahan, but I prefer Madson. I believe Madson induces more groundouts than Hanrahan does. Hanrahan probably the better strikeout rate, but is also much older.

Adam Dubbs
Adam Dubbs

Question: why just a private session for the Mets???

Gland1
Gland1

@Adam Dubbs  Didn't this explain it?  It was right in the article.



“Reports of a showcase workout with Joel are inaccurate,” wrote Mike Dillon, one of the player’s agents. “Teams that have been interested in watching his light bullpens have been welcome and the Mets are watching him [Friday]. We do not anticipate Joel throwing for multiple clubs in a ‘showcase’ workout until early March when he will be closer to 100 percent.  Having said that, we are excited and very encouraged with Joel’s progress.”

Adam Dubbs
Adam Dubbs

Yes. Meaning why do we get a sneak peak...?