11:44 pm: Teams are already discussing potential deals with free-agent pitcher Joel Hanrahan (Cafardo, April 17).
8:45 pm: The Mets were among the 18-20 teams who watched Hanrahan throw during a showcase on Thursday (Heyman, April 17), during which his velocity was between 87-93 mph.
The Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Rays, among others, are also likely to attend (Crasnick, Apr. 11).
The Mets were intrigued by Hanrahan after watching him throw a bullpen session during the offseason (Daily News, April 7).
Hanrahan, 32, underwent Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery last May. He entered last season with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings during the previous five years. He had been hitting 90-92 mph during his rehab toward the end of last summer (Rosenthal (FoxSports) Mar. 14).
Ryan Madson, Kevin Gregg and Octavio Dotel are also available on the free-agent market.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets are not the only team in need of an extra arm or two in the bullpen, so competition will be stiff, despite Hanrahan being at least a month or so away from pitching in the big leagues. The same can be said for Madson. I have no idea what’s going on with Gregg and Dotel. But, in either case, these guys are not going to help tomorrow. Similarly, it’s going to be at least a few weeks before we know from Triple-A what some of the young starting pitchers can do from the bullpen. So, adding Vic Black and Josh Edgin may end up being the best option, if for no other reason than they’re on the 40-man roster and it will let Sandy Alderson mix up the dynamic and roles without risking start dates or forcing roster moves.