Joel+Hanrahan+San+Francisco+Giants+v+Pittsburgh+UK2wta0Eengl

Mets attended Joel Hanrahan’s showcase

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.


April 15: The Mets will watch free-agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan throw a showcase this week for teams with interest in signing him (Puma, Apr. 11) Ackert, Apr. 15).

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.




41 comments
bleedblue4
bleedblue4

Forget it somebody will offer more then 750,000 Mets are out. Btw Jose Abreu 4 Hr's 14 RBI he wasn't worth the money right? 

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

Having Hanrahan would be a huge boost for our pen, I don't know about you guys but despite his success I don't particuarly trust farnsworth in the 8th inning

hotfoot15
hotfoot15

How many of these interested teams are going to give him a chance to close and build up his value again as such?  I would think the Mets have a better chance than most.

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Let's get serious here! if other teams are interested, the Mets are out - this is an organization looking for cheap fixes (Byrd, Dickey, Farnsworth, Valverde, Abreu, on and on), not long-term solutions that cost actual folding money. One one or two teams make bids on Hanrahan, the Mets will deem him "too expensive" and it will all be over.


It would all be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

One of the Mets blog guys was high on Joel Fernando Carreno ... how is he doing?

Chad Snaider
Chad Snaider

Why not give some of the kids in the minors a chance in the bullpen, (matz, degrom, etc..)

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Edgin repeatedly fails. Vic Black ... still have hope about him. 

mets2891
mets2891

Let's be real, if there are teamS, plural, who are interested in Hanrahan, the Mets aren't getting him.

mrfurley
mrfurley

Edgin?Edgin?Haven't we seen enough of this guy?.....Seems to me like everytime we need some new meat up here good old goo goo gah gah fingers chooses this guy.......I think we would have a better shot with sugar tank burkhart

mrroper
mrroper

I think hanrahan has a farming background and the mets are thinking about replanting that garden that died when krod left. It wasnt so much his fastball that impressed but his knowledge of soil PH and crop rotation...

mrfurley
mrfurley

i dont know why its news that the mets went to this showcase.....unless this guys agent excepts Kohl's cash and i.o.u.'s the mets can't afford him......

Doubleday
Doubleday

AHEM ... The pen needs a lefty?  Pedro Feliciano is sitting at home, waiting for a call.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

"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."


The problem is neither have proven they are deserving of a chance at the MLB level. Just consider that those two were beaten out by Familia and Lannan. That is a strong indication of where those two are at right now. I wouldn't say adding those two will end up being the best option. I think they will end up being the only option, and that's the problem. We shouldn't be adding young players to the roster because we have no other choice. They should be making the club because they are ready to make an impact at the big league level. I have a lot of faith in Black, but Edgin concerns me because he has lost his stuff. Edgin used to have a plus fastball, a plus changeup and an average slider capable of retiring lefties. He now throws low 90's, his slider is flat and doesn't have a sharp break, and his changeup command has completely deteriorated. It just doesn't have the bottom drop out the way it used to. That's what worries me, especially with Rice struggling so much in the early going. They desperately need someone else who can get lefties out, and it's probably Germen because of his fastball-changeup combo.

eric88
eric88

They will go Edgin and Black because Hanrahan will cost some money, oops, theres that word again.

niesesnose
niesesnose

I wonder how many teams can guarantee him a chance to close though. The mets can

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

Oh my gosh, someone still talking about Edgin?  Why is he even still around? An over 10 ERA at LV and you still want him up? Disintegrates your creds.

upstater
upstater

Mets have their minor league pitchers limited so that they don't develop the strength and wiles to pitch beyond the 5th or 6th inning. This strategy may be responsible for the late-inning woes of guys like Wheeler and Gee.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

More dollar tree and dumpster diving. Will it ever end for this team? SMH

FakeSandyAlderson
FakeSandyAlderson

Totally love that you refer to Sandy when discussing options and bullpen arms, etc. As though there's a plan or some baseball savvy discourse going on about these things. And did you see the other teams reportedly interested in watching Hanrahan?  What happens if another team offers 2 dollars more than what Sandy will spend?

hankincolo
hankincolo

This guy's about to make some coin.

mmmets
mmmets

"competition will be stiff" = Mets will not participate in the competition

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

We need a capable lefty far more than another washed-up rhp. Edgin was the real-deal several years ago and yet they kept him at triple A for most of the season. Never quite regained that initial form.

mets1956
mets1956

We  lead the league in Watching

cver
cver

Edgin is a frustrating player at the moment, I think.  He busted onto the scene really great and then, it was over fast as far as him being any good.  He still is tantalizing and, as a young reliever prospect, almost like an Ike Davis.  He flashed too much brilliance and potential to let go and yet, he's struggled for a long time now.  And he's definitely someone that we'd worry about biting us in the ass and being a star, if we get rid of him.  Just wonder how long it will take him to get it together or if he will at all.  Hard to know how patient to be with Edgin, as he is occupying a spot on the roster and if he's going to not be any good, I wonder what we could get for him now, if his stock will go down further.

licmetsfan
licmetsfan

Josh Edgin? I guess Sandy needs to lead the league in a home run category somehow.

niesesnose
niesesnose

In 6.1 innings in Vegas, he has a 2.84 ERA with a 9.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9

mrroper
mrroper

The horrible, horrible astros bring up one of the countrys most prized prospects with no mention of super two, or free agency clock, or any other typical excuses the mets give... Meanwhile back in the biggest sports market in the world the tiny-hand-plan-man has to try to figure out how to make it work with piles of slop like josh edgin and 3 first basemen... You know who the most gullible man on the planet is? David wright. He fell for their nonsense hook, lina and sinker...altho 138 mill can do that to a person.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@mrroperThey're going to sell beets and tomatoes in the parking lot for extra money. Gotta pay Bobby Bo somehow...

qualcomm
qualcomm

@mrfurley He takes the Discover card so we're cool. FYI, Larry has twin stewardesses in the hot tub...  they were just asking for an older man in a Hawaiian shirt. 

Anthony Perez
Anthony Perez

I guess the Mets are just as bad as19 other teams. Smart teams build like this as long ad he isn't over paid and for no more than 2 years, considering how many teams are involved. Going 2 years is prob what he will get

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

@cver  reminds me a little of Heath Bell's time here...too much potential to cut, but never quite living up to that potential.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Kevin Connelly @Chad Snaider Kevin your out of your mind, his numbers are better then Montero's and Thor's. So if you think Montero or Thor should be on this team Degrom deserves it more then either of the two. Not to mention he out pitched both in ST.

dukewillie
dukewillie

@Joe Wenzel  As a matter of fact, I read yesterday or today that Black's fast ball is back up to 97 mph. He should be called up soon.

dukewillie
dukewillie

@Joe Wenzel Warthen, the mad scientist, always tinkering with pitcher's deliveries and trying to re-invent them. Can't wait for Viola to recover from his surgery and become our new Pitching Coach.