The Yankees are one of five teams that will likely be showing a strong interest in signing free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.
The Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers are the other four teams listed by Heyman as possible suitors; also noting that he could sign before throwing another showcase next week, with multiple offers already believed to be on the table.
Hanrahan, who had Tommy John surgery almost exactly a year ago while with the Red Sox, recently threw in a showcase for a handful of Major League teams, with the Yankees one of those in attendance.
The Yankees have made many moves within their bullpen so far this season, having to mix-and-match to accommodate with injuries -- like David Robertson’s – doubles-headers and even Michael Pineda’s suspension.
With both Pineda and Ivan Nova, who had Tommy John on Tuesday, out for the Yankees, they’ve recently had to call up pitchers such as Bruce Billings, Bryan Mitchell and Shane Greene to fill the long-relief role, while Adam Warren has begun to thrive as a late-inning reliever, and both David Phelps and Vidal Nuno have moved to the bullpen for the time begin.
Hanrahan probably won’t be ready to pitch in the big leagues for another month after being signed, but he’ll be able to contribute in the 7th and 8th innings, assuming he gets back to the level he was at while with the Pittsburgh Pirates, before he was traded to the Red Sox before the 2013 season.
Hanrahan, 32, is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves lifetime, and he had 76 saves for thePirates in 2011-12 when he made the All-Star team as their closer.