As many expected, the Detroit Tigers and Joel Hanrahan have agreed to terms. Each hope the second year of the relationship will be more fruitful than the first.
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USA Today first reported the story.
The Tigers won out over several other teams for Hanrahan’s services, signing a one-year contract in May. At the time it was thought that the former Pittsburgh Pirates closer would be back to form after Tommy John surgery in 2013, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Detroit appears to think Hanrahan is much closer and could make the Opening Day roster, however they have protected themselves by inking a minor league contract with a low amount for a veteran ($1 million) for one year. Joel can make up to $2.5 million more in incentives.
Hanrahan is 33 and if healthy will be relied on heavily to turn around one of baseball’s worst bullpens.
A two-time All-Star with Pittsburgh, he posted an ERA of 2.59 with 10.4/3.8 strikeout to walks per nine innings.