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Joel Hanrahan will hold a showcase, Mets will be there

4:00 pm: The Mets intend to watch free-agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan throw next week during a showcase for teams with interest in signing him (Puma, Apr. 11).


2:22 pm: Hanrahan will hold a showcase for teams next week, says a source (Crasnick, Apr. 11).

The Mets were intrigued by Hanrahan after watching him throw a bullpen session during the offseason (Daily News, April 7).

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.


Hanrahan, Ryan Madson, Kevin Gregg and Octavio Dotel are available on the free-agent market. However, while the Mets are open to everything, they are not likely to acquire a player just because Bobby Parnell will miss the rest of the season (Daily News, April 7).

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.




34 comments
Chris Gogatz
Chris Gogatz

Sign him or start putting degrom in a closing role in AAA they rly don't have anyone. The only guys u trust are valverde and Torres. Farnsworth should be the setup man. He should be 7th inning or an inning eater. Unless he keeps pitching well. Maybe he can do what Darren Oliver did for us in 06

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

At this point I would certainly take him over John Lannan. I know, I know, they are different pitchers who serve different roles. And maybe Lannan could still be a spot-starter. It's clear to anyone who watches that he obviously has no place as a situational leftie. I know it's water under the bridge but I never quite understood why they got rid of Joe Smith. I believe that was an Omar gaffe.

pearljam
pearljam

They better sign him. Sandy and co. messed up royally when they didn't sign Jose Abreu

Muhammad Khan
Muhammad Khan

This is so exciting. Can you say this might be the signing of the century for the Mets??!

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Mets be like "We're not impressed by Hanrahan" as he pitches to .66 era with a team smart enough to sign him and a team smart enough to make the playoffs, just like Brian Wilson.

dave42
dave42

That pederast Hanrahan - get him in here! 

hashburry
hashburry

Aren't the Mets "intrigued"?  If he breaks 94, there is no way the Mets pony up what the likes of the other non pretenders will be willing to pay.


Will their crack evaluators that gave a thumbs down to Abreu be there?

eric88
eric88

Mets simply WILL NOT SPEND.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Papa Grande and Farnsworth are in their mid to late 30s.  Much of the rest of the pen is young and inexperienced.  Unless Hanrahan completely wets the bed, this can only help the Mets.  Then again, it's just a bunch of talk anyway, because none of us really expect Sandy to spend any money.

helloboy
helloboy

With Valverde pitching well and being very popular with his teammates, i think it OK to let him run with the closer job for now.  However, if we can bring in a guy with incredible stuff it is a bonus.  I just can't see Farnsworth lasting as an 8th inning guy all year.  Hanrahan, if healthy, is way superior.

JC
JC

if losing your closer does not constitute a reason to acquire a player, what does?  Of course I don't expect them to replace him with a top of the line closer but you can never have too many arms in the bullpen.  The Mets especially should know this.  I don't see any reason how it could hurt the team to bring him in on a reasonable contract.  Who knows how long Valverde can go.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Come on guys!  You've been cutting and pasting the second two paragraphs on every post involving a reliever that is on the market.  Everyone who has read this blog knows that Alderson has decided to fill the Parnell spot internally.  We really don't see any movement on spending money in that direction unless the bullpen shows the form it had in the Nationals series.

beerfinger
beerfinger

Perfectly logical. Just because we lost a piece, doesn't mean we should try to fill the gap it left. Makes perfect sense. I never understood the Braves' logic in signing Santana and Harang after losing Medlen and Beachy. Why would you try to replace players right after they go down to injury for a year? It just doesn't make any sense.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

After watching our 'pen last night, I can honestly say...

...WE DON'T NEED HIM!!!

hankypanky
hankypanky

:Am I reading this right? It says " . . . They are not likely to acquire a player just because Bobby Parnell will miss the rest of the season." Hello, anybody home?

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

@Kenneth Meltsner we got rid of Joe smith because he was a big part of the trade for JJ Putz which gave us baseballs best bullpen in 2009 with those iconic memories of JJ Putz setting up KRod that one time. Clearly that was worth it.

jdr9
jdr9

@samc Brian Wilson is on the DL-he re-injured his elbow.

JC
JC

@C.K. Dexter Haven I can see it already.  Some other team signs Hanrahan and the next day you wake up to an article on metsblog.  "Mets sign Dotel to minors deal" followed by a post later in the day of Matt's favorite memories of Dotel from 1999

spider43
spider43

@helloboy  .......  In fact, Hanrahan is superior to Valverde when healthy (pre-TJ surgery).

golflady7
golflady7

Was just going to type about who got the sarcasm, but obviously no one but me!

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Lets Go Mets! I will agree that they were incredible last night, but Valverde wasn't helping my reflux on Tuesday night when he loaded the bases.

amf
amf

@Lets Go Mets!  No we don't!  These past couple of nights our bullpen has been lights out!

hashburry
hashburry

@matthewcerrone @milksteak01  We certainly will never hear the end of how the Granderson contract has hamstrung the team for the next 4 years as he valiantly marches on to a 200 K season.

milksteak01
milksteak01

@matthewcerrone I'm sure there will be plenty of interest but if the Yankees needed him they would get him, the Mets rarely do.

hashburry
hashburry

@Tap Zoo Ck  He couldn't be any worse.  Sadly, that is what most of the decision making for the Mets has come to.  But yeah, L meant the other Abreu, who now looks like a steal.

No need to explain, but your username confounds me.  Then again, I'm old.

helloboy
helloboy

@spider43 @helloboy  I believe that true, but only in terms of stuff.  Valverde does have a very successful track record of closing games out for a much longer period of time.  With that said, Hanrahan can afford a luxury of resting Valverde at times to not wear him out.  More closer types, the better.


I also do not want to tinker with something not broken.  Valverde is ok so far and there is no reason to cause an internal issue by pulling the rug out from him. 

beerfinger
beerfinger

Actually, apparently NEITHER of you "get it"