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Hanrahan and Madson still available on free-agent market

Free-agent relievers Joel Hanrahan and Ryan Madson are available, working their way back, have experience as closers and could be possible fits for the Mets (Heyman (SI.com) Apr. 2).

Kyle Farnsworth will join the Mets late Wednesday afternoon, replacing Bobby Parnell, who has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. Parnell is expected to rest and miss at least two weeks before starting a throwing program.

According to reports, Hanrahan had been planning to hold a showcase for interested teams in late March, but no subsequent reports indicate if that ever happened. He had been hitting 90-92 mph during his rehab from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery (Rosenthal (FoxSports) Mar. 14), which is still shy of the mid-90s fastball he featured prior to having season-ending surgery in May last year.

Madson had been looking to sign a a major league deal (Zolecki (MLB.com) Feb. 14) following positive reports from offseason throwing session for interest teams.

The Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies, Orioles and Yankees were all rumored to be seeking back-of-the-bullpen relief pitchers toward the end of Spring Training.




79 comments
eric88
eric88

Bring up DeGrom who had a great spring and already has pitched in AAA. Oh wait, I forgot about Super 2, no way they do that.

eric88
eric88

The Mets will ONLY take someone who accepts a minor league contract or someone nobody else in MLB wants, like Abreu.

1craigswan
1craigswan

How about taking a flier on Vin Mazzaro? He was just DFA'd by the Pirates but had a strong 2013.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Both Hanrahan and Madson would be good additions - under minor-league contract. No reason an incentive deal couldn't be worked with either pitcher.


That said, it's time to bring up Black. at this point, if he doesn't cut it, cut him loose. You have youth in the minors who need to show something. The Cards can manage to tell their young pitchers to just come up and throw hard. Time for the Mets to try the same. It won't affect the outs come this season and can only help these guys grow.


No one in their right mind is going to Citi Field to see a winning Mets team. All we have is dreams of the future. So, let's see the minor leaguers, here, at the park and on TV. Show us there's more hope than hype.

philaw
philaw

So is Kevin Gregg.....Mets should sign all 3 on minor league deals...see what they have.  No harm no foul and little cost.  Madson is still young..look what Yankees did with Bailey...no one pinged them.  Sandy, go sign these guys to minor league deals and let them gain strength if they have any.  


Bring up Black and Familia, let them grow by playing in the big leagues, they have already shown what they can do in AAA so leaving them there is just a waste....We have all resigned ourselves to this year...but we still have hope for next year and the more these kids develop this year the better we will be next!!!!!!!! 

Metsnow
Metsnow

It's only day 2 and the Mets are already being exposed for what they are: a cheap organization with no sense of urgency or regard for winning. They knew since last season the BP was a mess and did nothing to address the need except sign old has-been washed up relievers that no one else wanted. They knew since Jose Reyes left they no real legit SS and did nothing about it. They knew since the Jason Bay debacle they had no power hitters on the club other than DW and only replaced Bryd's numbers with Grandy. They knew since 2-3 years ago 1B was a real big problem and now only created additional problems by using a platoon within a platoon with 3 minor league first basemen. We have a problem here and its only April. Where will this team be by the All Star break???

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

These kind of bullpen blowups  and lack of timely hitting are what cost the Mets from 2006-2008. It's our right as fans to complain. We go to the games and watch on TV because we are fans. Management has to address the problems but they don't. Fans will still go to the games. Endless cycle yet the losing continues.  ENOUGH ALREADY!

Tom K
Tom K

Francisco Cordero is also available and he actually saw live action in ST with the Red Sox, unlike these guys.

xplr
xplr

You don't have to look any further than the Mets signing of Jose Valverde and Bobby Abreu to understand this organization's philosophy. Both are old washed up players whom no one else wants. Look at Valverde. In 2011, he had 49 saves with an ERA of 2.24. In 2012, his saves dropped to 35 and his ERA jumped to 3.78. Last year, he had 9 saves, an ERA of 5.59, and he lost the closer job. Now, the Mets sign him for one year at 1MM. Low risk, little potential return. He's the closer? Heaven help us.


Look at Abreu. 40 years old. He didn't even play last year! This is going to help us? How? By sitting on the bench?


What a mess.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Both of these guys are shot. Or mediocre at best. Black had a lousy Spring but at least the POTENTIAL is there, unlike Kyle Farnsworth. BuzzFeed posted a brilliant article, '84 Things Met Fans Say Every Year.'  Must-reading for anyone who visits this site.

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

someone should tell the front office that established pithcers like Mujica were available during the winter. This way, you can build a real bullpen before all the washed up injury guys fail and you can avoid days like opening day. 

John Ferretti Jr.
John Ferretti Jr.

This organization is such a joke....This is NY.  Their bullpen is an embarrassment.  Sign BOTH of these guys...if one works out great...if both work out even better....if neither work out then oh well, you are a NY team.  That is the cost of doing business in NY!  If you don't like it then don't own a NY team!

At least give the team a chance to succeed.

Bob G
Bob G

WHERE IS THE MEDIA IN THIS TOWN? I THOUGHT NY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TOUGH TOWN?


WHERE ARE THE HEADLINES BLARING "FRED/JEFF PLEASE SELL, YOUR FRANCHISE IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF BASEBALL! 


Why do the Wilpon's get a free pass??

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Both have higher upsides than Farnsworth, who was awful in spring training. Kick the tires and see what's what. Parnell probably won't be back and there are some awful arms in the pen. Anything to upgrade it is a plus.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

On a different note, the Yankees DFA'd Eduardo Nunez.  Is he worth a look for the Mets?  I don't know much about his defense.

mets6986
mets6986

The Mets should really consider signing Hanrahan. Low risk high reward. This bullpen needs some guys with balls, guys who are gunna come in and get big outs and challenge hitters. Hanrahan is one of those guys. Right now we just have 1 guy like that and that's Valverde, I'm expecting Familia to become one of those guys to.

Steven G
Steven G

Sign them both. Regardless of where either ends up, the odds are that one will be effective and one will never make it back. At least gives a chance of getting a set-up/closer. Right now the 'pen is looking desperate, and no matter how good our starting pitching is, we won't win if the 'pen gives it away.

Yes, I know that the Mets won't spend the money on both, maybe on neither. But we've seen it again and again, when other teams are put in these situations they plug the holes any way and every way they can. Why? Because they want to win.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

There hasn't been official word on the content of the press conference, has there? I imagine this is Bobby Parnell related, right?

stephenengan
stephenengan

I had to laugh at the idiots who voted Mets are moving in the right direction. I think most of those votes came from the Mets workers hahhahahahha. Collins and Alderson need to go unreal we pick up losers like Granderson and Young and feel happy. Young wont bust 230 he never does Granderson is a has been who k's more than a pitcher. But wait we got Colon also a guy who cant use roids anymore for his last 2 seasons ....that should be fun. We send down Black (who should be a main plug in the pen) and Dice K who personally I don't like but he really gutted it out in spring and at least earned a pen job...I mean Lannan-Germen-Rice really????? over those 2. I would have to have Collins tested and see if he has alzheimers or something the game has passed him by go retire. Collins is a guy you bring in to reduce salary and try to win 80 games big deal we are they NEW YORK METS not a garbage small market team

philaw
philaw

@rstpigeon  Well said....the same goes with the kids who have shown they can hit and get on base.  This team the way it is compiled will only win one thing, that being the highest K total for any team to ever play the game.  18 K's in game 1 was not an aberration, but rather the expected norm based upon the history of the players who played.  

eric88
eric88

@Metsnow  3 Minor league contracts equals 1.6 million dollars. No way do they do that.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Metsnow  Going into last season, no one thought first base was a problem. Despite a slow start, Ike hit 32 HRs in 2012. He was hitting over .300 and near the league lead in RBIs when he got hurt in 2011. 2010 was a very good rookie season. Yes, he was awful last year, but it hasn't been a problem they've known about for 2-3 years.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@ifti99 Dumb comment.  You're getting on fringe signings - guys that shouldn't be counted on huge roles with the team.

Abreu's just OF filler for AAA at this point.  No harm in that.  There's plenty to get on Valverde about but you critiqued save total...c'mon.

xplr
xplr

@Kevin Connelly  Yeah, but that would cost money. The only players Wilpon is interested in now are those at the league minimum who will take one year deals. If he could sign a player to a ten day contract (like in the NBA), I'm sure he would do it.

rico
rico

@John R. Ferretti  They've only played one game John


Damn you're gonna end up like Frank Viola in the ICU if you take every game, inning, pitch like this

rico
rico

@Bob G  fans vote with their wallets. don't like the mets don't attend games, cancel SNY on Cable or Cable altogether.


or you can go to blogs and rant your face off and make the rest of the fans that are as frustrated as you even more unhappy. 



scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

@Bob G  I'm no fan of his but, maybe  Francesa jumps on their case re: signing one of those FA bullpen pitchers. He's called them out at times over the years and the Wilpons seem to react.  (see Piazza trade).  While he's at it, throw in a FA SS, When the pope talks... 

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

@Bob G I think that's more the fans' job than the media's.  We could certainly say the same about James Dolan.  Probably could make a better case for him selling the Knicks.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@TheTrueStork He ABSOLUTELY deserves a spot over Quintanilla or Seratelli.  He's hardly a good player but look at the alternatives.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@TheTrueStork He's a butcher in the field. It's a little concerning that the Yankees DFA'd him when they're not that strong in the infield this year. With Jeter coming off his injury,you'd think he would have had a chance to play a lot.

grandpamet
grandpamet

@stephenengan  Weird I was thinking the same thing about people who voted Mets moving in the wrong direction

Tom K
Tom K

@BringBackDaveTelghe @Tom K Eight scoreless innings and 8/1 K/BB ratio with the Red Sox in ST this year so he still has something left in situational duty which is really all that's needed for a bridge to the kids. Personally, I'd sooner bring up Walters and Leathersich and let them sink or swim but that is not the Alderson/Collins way...

xplr
xplr

@BringBackDaveTelghe @ifti99  And one more thing. Do you consider the role of closer to be a huge role? I do. and that's exactly what Valverde is right now!

xplr
xplr

@BringBackDaveTelghe @ifti99  Why would we need a filler for AAA when we supposedly have so many prospects? Makes zero sense to me. Wouldn't it be more realistic to call up someone from AA instead of signing some scrub? My guess is that Abreu is on the 25 man roster soon. One thing I know about the Mets is, they don't spend money when they don't have to.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@rico @John R. Ferretti John is right. We as fans live from day to day with this team. Losses like opening day happen way to often for this team.  Don't think anyone will be jumping off the Triboro bridge but problems like the bullpen  need to be fixed.

John Ferretti Jr.
John Ferretti Jr.

It has zero to do with game 1.  it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that the guys last year (the entire season) were awful....its THE SAME GUYS we have in the pen this year (except Valverde) less Hawkins (couldnt sign one of the only good relivers for 2 mill...thats way too much).

Bob G
Bob G

@rico @John R. Ferretti  Rico, you don't get it. This is not one game..this is the extension of the last 7, 8 years of entering a season where there is no chance at being competitive. Do you really think this team is a playoff contender? 


Bob G
Bob G

@rico @Bob G  Haven't been to a game in 3 years and I was a 20 game a year guy. Doesn't mean I'm not still a fan of the team. How can a franchise in NY be allowed to sink this low. I can't understand how 50+% of the people here can say the Mets are moving in the right direction????  What are they smoking?

Bob G
Bob G

@TheTrueStork @Bob G  But at least Dolan spends money. We know he thinks he smarter than he is but you cant say he doesn't put his money where his mouth is. There is an effort there. The Mets are an abandoned building.




John Ferretti Jr.
John Ferretti Jr.

How in the world are they moving in the right direction???

Every year the payroll gets lower and every year the win total decreases (or stays the same) in the Sandy era.

Dont let the Sandy spin machine fool you.  Remember, this was the year they would have "money coming off the books they could invest in the team".  What a joke.

Bob G
Bob G

@grandpamet @stephenengan  With this ownership and management, how could you EVER say the Mets are moving in the right direction???


I guess in your estimation the Titanic was moving in the right direction too.






upstater
upstater

@Bob G @rico@John R. FerrettiAgreed. I just don't understand why so-called fans continue to attend the games. Wilpons are making a small fortune off of this franchise while continuing to pretend otherwise. At least Miami is honest about its intent.

John Ferretti Jr.
John Ferretti Jr.

I love when people tell others how to feel or what to write.....if someone is writing something that isnt supposed to be on metsblog then the moderator will delete it. 

If the Mets dont want fans to complain then field a competitive team.  I promise, I'll be positive if they field a team of major leaguers!

rico
rico

@Bob G @rico  we feel your pain, but they aren't selling so sit back and enjoy the show or something else. Too much complaining here.


You want to get upset about something go read the real news. This is supposed to be a source of entertainment and joy.  If it isn't we should not punish ourselves.