Reliever Joel Hanrahan signs with the Tigers



UPDATE: Hanrahan will reportedly receive $1M in base salary and can earn an additional $2M in incentives. 

UPDATE: Hanrahan signed on a one-year deal and will start the season for the Tigers on the DL but is reportedly already throwing in Lakeland. He’s also expected to face batters next week.

The team will announce a move later in the day to the 40-man roster in order to add Hanrahan.

In an effort to bolster a fledgling bullpen the Tigers have reportedly signed right-handed reliever Joel Hanrahan after the team was one of five teams to be showing strong interest.

The 32-year old who has seven Major League season under his belt with Washington, Pittsburgh and most recently Boston is just about one year removed from Tommy John Surgery. However he reportedly impressed in upwards of 20 clubs two-weeks ago during a throwing session where he reached 93 mph on the gun.

Heading into this season Hanrahan has a career 3.85 ERA and 1.40 WHIP to go along with his 100 saves and 30 holds. He was also a back in 2011 and 2012 with Pittsburgh. So with Bruce Rondon being unavailable this entire season and the shakiness at the back end of the pen it’s assumed Hanrahan moves into the setup role in the 8th leading the way for Nathan in the 9th. Hanrahan’s addition though likely won’t come until June when it’s speculated he’ll be fully ready to return to the mound.

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