Report: Tigers to re-sign Hanrahan

The Tigers are reportedly bringing back right-handed reliever Joel Hanrahan to help bolster their bullpen next season.

Hanrahan has agreed to a Minor League deal worth $1 million if he makes Detroit’s Major League roster, with an additional $2.5 million available in incentives, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Hanrahan signed a similar deal with the Tigers in May but did not pitch as he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery.

When the Tigers signed Hanrahan earlier this year, he was just less than a year removed from the surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. They hoped to have him fully recovered and ready to pitch in two months, but the rehab process dragged on and Hanrahan never pitched in the Majors or Minors.

But Hanrahan, who just turned 33, pitched at a high level before the injury. He posted a 2.73 ERA with 82 saves and 228 strikeouts in 198 innings with the Pirates from 2010-12. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2011 and ’12.

With Hanrahan, 39-year-old closer Joe Nathan and 30-year-old setup man Joakim Soria, the Tigers will have three former All-Star relievers in their bullpen.

Nathan is due $10 million next year, Soria is set to make $7 million and the Tigers have already agreed this offseason to a four-year deal with Victor Martinez worth a reported $68 million. Hanrahan, by comparison, is a low-risk move with plenty of potential upside.

-Adam Berry

2 Comments

The trade for Hanrahan was one that didn’t work out so well for the Red Sox. Not Hanrahan’s fault, but Melancon has done quite well and the Sox seemingly ended up with nothing. Remind me if I’m forgetting something good they got out of it.

well, bbrin, it eventually led the Sox to Uehara and they don’t win the 2013 WS without him, so I’m fairly sure they’re pretty happy with that. On another note, the whole “team X now has Y former all-star closers” thing was something the Dodgers tried this past year. Didn’t work out so well for them.

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