Joel Hanrahan (AP)

Tigers sign Joel Hanrahan

The Tigers have reached agreement with free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, according to Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, May 2).


The Mets were among the 18-20 teams that watched Hanrahan throw a showcase in April (Heyman, April 17), during which his velocity was between 87-93 mph. However, the Mets had been on the fence about Hanrahan as recently as last week (Daily News, Apr. 25) NY Post, Apr. 21).

According to multiple reports, Hanrahan is progressing in his rehab from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery and expected to be ready to pitch in late May.

Hanrahan, 32, 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, Mar. 14).


The Mets bullpen is ninth in baseball with a 2.72 ERA during the past two weeks (@TPGMets, Twitter).




33 comments
Chad Michael
Chad Michael

The Mets bullpen has settled in nicely since that first week.  We also have to remember that some of the young guns will be ready mid season in case of injuries or guys not working out.  It is nice to stock up on arms but the Mets are much less desperate then everyone thought they would be at the start of the season.

skillsets
skillsets

So the Tigers get all the SLAP SHOT jokes.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

and who are you going to remove from the 40 man roster? Valverde would be the only option.  And yes he bombed in back-to-back outings, but other than that, he has only given up 1 run in 10 other apperances.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

does anyone think that maybe he did not want to come here?

Jason Krull
Jason Krull

So much for the "blow smoke up their ass" article about how Sandy has money to spend on improving the team. 1 mill for a huge potential upgrade in the bullpen?? How can you not do that?

This is the most blatant example of the ownership not willing to do anything. Great to see Jeff getting some golf tips on SNY the other day though...

Eric Vierow
Eric Vierow

forgot all the guys the mets pass on. its not an arguement... the mets are broke plain and simple.they have not even invested the money they saved on ike in the team, thats way the union and tony clark will take a watch like he said.

jlga
jlga

Hey, we didn't need to spend our money on the bullpen. We're busy spending it to improve our shortstop and first base mess.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

Why on EARTH would they not take a flyer on him? The PADRES have a higher payroll than the Mets and they can't afford a few mill for insurance for the pen? This seemed like a no-brainer to me. You have a potential need and there's a fairly cheap solution. NOPE! 


If Wilpon can't afford to run the team why not JUST sell it? Just get out. WHy do you want to own a team that has a fan base that really hates you? 

Keith Allen-Verdi
Keith Allen-Verdi

Heard the contract is for a million dollars with incentives...man are we broke..How can you not sign him

tango01
tango01

It's a good thing Sandy has money to spend so he can improve the team.

Steve Harding
Steve Harding

lol "the Mets bullpen is ninth in baseball with a 2.72 ERA during the past two weeks"  hillarious...WE ARE NOT FOOLS!!!!!

bqcurran
bqcurran

The Mets need to take chances. You don't WAIT to see how he does before deciding its a huge mistake to pass on a potential solution to a current shortfall. The Mets right now have no closer. Hanrahan could be an answer. There is no reason to pass on him other than money. Alderson says money is not a problem. This signing AGAIN says BS to that. 

drmetfan
drmetfan

Signing this guy was a no brainier. But the brainless Mets did not see it that way.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Why do we care what other teams do?  Its like posting how guys like Ike Davis, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran etc are doing. They aint doin it for the Mets. So, who cares?

Keith Allen-Verdi
Keith Allen-Verdi

We need him..we don't have a closer..The only reason we didn't sign him is $$..that's why we're not signing Drew...we are broke

mike23
mike23

well if he goes to tigers and pitches well than that would be another swing and miss by the mets but coming off injury and not knowing what they are paying we will see how it works out. Its obvious though the mets need more offense and bullpen help if they are going to compete for the playoffs etc.... 


will be interesting to see if the Wilpons and Sandy try and help this team go to the next level or be content with gradually fading as the months go on. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Considering we don't know the price or the effectiveness it's hard to go crazy....but he may have helped with the back of the pen which really is still terrible.

ericccb
ericccb

before everyone freaks out, lets see how he does with the tigers.

Kjeld Hylfelt
Kjeld Hylfelt

Yes, he is a reclamation project, but he isn't old and washed up enough for us.

Howie Avery
Howie Avery

We already knew we weren't going to sign him because I assume he wanted a salary.


jlga
jlga

6 weeks or so before the team will consider bringing up some arms. That's at least 40 games and even then it's youngsters. So who is the closer you have faith in? Which pitcher do you bring in during the 7th inning of a close game?

1harris1
1harris1

No reason to get super angry, just will continue to not go to any of the games. I gave up on our owners awhile ago, and want to see everything done possible to force them to sell the team.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Eric Vierow  Thank god! Somebody finally gets it! People keep saying go do this go do that. This team is so broke and so limited financially that people are blind to it. Face it people the checkbook is making these decisions that's it. 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Eric Vierow  - and for 1/3 of what they gained in trading Davis they could have signed Hanrahan but they didn't. Why do these guys still own this team? 

Jason Krull
Jason Krull

If enough people pay to go to the games, it doesn't matter. I'll watch on tv. I have gone to games on the road, but I won't go to Citi Field.

chavez06
chavez06

@bqcurran You're absolutely correct.  Mets should've taken a chance of Jose Abreu... we needed an impact bat.  I know we had 3 1Bs at the time, but none were studs and we could've easily moved Davis (as we did) and Duda for some prospects.  


In this case, back end of our pen NEED help.  Farnsworth or Valverde are NOT the answer.  Honestly, I don't think neither should be on the roster. Yes, there are some question marks with Hanrahan, but he's relatively young and coming of a surgery that has fairly high success rate.  Mets could've given him a 2-year deal, because I'm not sure if Parnell would be ready to go at the start of next season.  Mets also need to bring up guys like deGrom and Montero to work out of the pen this year (they could always go back to starting) and Hanrahan could've been a good mentor for those younger guys.  

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Keith Allen-Verdi Doesn't necessarily mean they are broke. To be honest, I don't think I'd sign Drew for what he's asking even if we had the Yankees payroll. I might have kicked the tires on Hanrahan,, but I don't really know what his asking price was. Who really knows if he can still be effective let alone a closer.

Shawn M. Milburn
Shawn M. Milburn

Swing and miss? There is never a swing. Just a Carlos Beltran-like taking a strike

Richard
Richard

So the mets should only invest in sure things regardless of our needs. What good does it do to wait and see how he does with the Tigers it's already too late regardless of how he does. I think fans are more upset on how the management continues to lie to its fan base. Telling us we should go to games spend our money when they are not willing to spend their money to improve the team.

Eric Vierow
Eric Vierow

@Pat Brady @Eric Vierow  Pat I agree with you 100 percent. its a shame how the mets are being ruined. im not a big negative fan but man they wont give us much to be positive for. Just sell if u cant even have a top ten payroll in a New York market.

jlga
jlga

Because Mets fans will be optimistic and not realistic.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Pete Brilvitch @Keith Allen-Verdi  - ONE mill with a chance to earn THREE mill. Really? It's not worth the 1mill risk? There's a part of the story missing. You can't tell me this team honestly can say they know right now that they don't need Hanrahan. Lets say he totally bombs. So you wasted like 1/89th of your total spending. I think it's worth the risk for a team already on its 3rd closer right?