Revisiting the Joel Hanrahan trade: Turns out the “other guys” stole the show

Back in December of 2012, the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates were reeling — the Red Sox from their worst season in 37 years, and the Pirates from their 20th straight postseason absence. Both franchises needed a spark, so they conducted a trade. The headliner in the deal was Joel Hanrahan, a two-time All-Star closer who had compiled 76 saves in 2011-12. Hanrahan was supposed...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt: Representing Red Sox In 2015 All-Star Game ‘Pretty Surreal’

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox knew they were receiving an All-Star in exchange for Mark Melancon, among others, back in December 2012. But to say this is what they envisioned would be asinine. Brock Holt, a throw-in in the trade that brought two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston from the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Monday punched his ticket...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt – Super Sub

Yesterday was Brock Holt’s 27th birthday. In this Red Sox season of many downs and fewer ups, he has remained consistent performer. In his last 7 games, for example, he is 10 for 15 with three doubles and four walks. Most baseball teams have utility infielders and utility outfielders. Holt is a combination. During the last two seasons, he has started games at every position...
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June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Super-utility player’ Brock Holt took sting out of Hanrahan trade

Bill Foley (@foles74)Contributing Writer The Boston Red Sox found a bona fide closer on Dec. 26, 2012. At least it sure looked like they did. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) In a six-player deal, Boston acquired back-to-back All-Star Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hanrahan was coming to town after chalking up 76 saves in 2011 and 2012 when he posted ERAs of 1.83 and...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Released By Tigers, Needs Second Tommy John Surgery

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers have released Joel Hanrahan from a minor league contract and said the right-hander will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18. Hanrahan had his right elbow ligament replaced in May 2013 while with the Boston Red Sox, when he also had his right flexor tendon repaired. Detroit signed him to a $1 million, one...
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Needs Tommy John Surgery Again, Released By Tigers

The news was twice as bad for Joel Hanrahan, the ex-All Star closer who was trying to prove himself to the Detroit Tigers: He needs another Tommy John surgery and the Tigers released him. Hanrahan had elbow surgery early in the 2013 season when he was with the Boston Red Sox. While he was in the middle of rehabbing, he signed a one-year deal with the Tigers for 2014. They thought...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers release Hanrahan who'll have another Tommy John

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Detroit Tigers have released right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan. Detroit said that Hanrahan would have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18. The Tigers signed Hanrahan last May, a year after his first surgery, but he never appeared in a game. Detroit re-signed him in November. Manager Brad Ausmus said before Wednesday's game with the Baltimore Orioles...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers' Hanrahan heads to Texas to see specialist

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May 2013 and surgery to repair his right flexor tendon, is looking for answers. Still struggling to fully recover, Hanrahan is heading to Dallas to see Dr. Keith Meister, the Texas Rangers team physician. "Obviously, it's been a long time and it's not working out the right...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers Announce Their Non-Roster Invitees For Spring Training

The Tigers have announced their 17 non-roster invitees to Big League Spring Training. They are listed below with a little information about their background. At this point, I don’t see any of them heading North with the big club. Pitchers: RHP Roberto Cabrera Last Year: AAA Iowa (Chicago Cubs) Opening Day Age: 26 Major League Career: 5.20 ERA, 27.2 IP, .225 BAA, 1.66 WHIP,...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers invite 17 to spring training

The Tigers have invited 17 players to major league spring training camp. Of the 17 non-roster invitees, there are seven pitchers, four catchers, four infielders and two outfielders. The right-handed pitchers are Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Joel Hanrahan, Tim Melville and Luke Putkonen. Putkonen pitched in just two games for the Tigers last season before going on the disabled...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Party of Five: Intriguing names eligible in Rule 5 draft

Baseball’s Winter Meetings typically bring a flurry of excitement between trades and free agent signings. But, every year, the week is capped off by MLB’s Rule 5 draft, where teams take a chance on players left off the 40-man rosters of other organizations. Obviously, not every player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Players must fall under certain conditions before requiring...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Re-signed Joel Hanrahan should be ready for spring training

The Detroit Tigers have much to look forward to for the 2015 season following a 90-win season and an appearance in the ALDS. At second in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Tigers should be set at the plate next season. The area of improvement is with the pitching staff that ranked 24th in ERA. One pitcher who the Tigers hope can contribute is Joel Hanrahan, who is recovering...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers aren't counting on Hanrahan, but remain hopeful

DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't counting on Joel Hanrahan, but they're hopeful. In addition to finalizing the four-year deal for designated hitter Victor Martinez, the Tigers re-signed reliever Joel Hanrahan to a one-year minor league deal with an invitation to big-league spring training. "He's in a position where he feels great -- of course he's not throwing at this time," Tigers president...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers bring Hanrahan back on minor league deal

DETROIT (AP) The Tigers have re-signed reliever Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal with a big league invite. Team president Dave Dombrowski confirmed the agreement Friday. Hanrahan, a former All-Star, has battled elbow problems of late. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and hasn't pitched in the majors since. Dombrowski says Hanrahan will start throwing after...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan Re-ups with the Tigers

Joel Hanrahan as a member of the Red Sox in 2013. Bob Nightengale of the USA Today is reporting that the Tigers and relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan have agreed to a one year, 1 million dollar minor league contract. Nightengale also reports that Hanrahan can earn an additional 2.5 million in active roster bonuses. Exact terms of the deal have not yet been announced, mostly because the...
Via The Majors Detroit
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers appear ready to give Hanrahan another shot

According to media reports, the Tigers have reached an incentive-laden deal with relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan for the 2015 season. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the contract is for a base salary of $1 million, and could rise as high as $2.5 million if Hanrahan is able to get and stay healthy. The 33-year-old was an All-Star closer in 2011 and 2012 for Pittsburgh, but...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers interested in bringing Joel Hanrahan back

getty images The Detroit Tigers would like to bring back relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan – if he was willing to accept a minor league deal. Hanrahan signed with the Tigers in May but never pitched for them after his rehab from Tommy John surgery took longer than expected. There have been talks between the Tigers and reliever Joel Hanrahan about the right-hander returning to DET...
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Free Agency: Joel Hanrahan in Talks to Retun on Minor-League Deal

The Detroit Tigers apparently are not ready to give up on Joel Hanrahan just yet. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Wednesday that Detroit may be on the verge of bringing the reliever back: There have been talks between the Tigers and reliever Joel Hanrahan about the right-hander returning to DET on a minor-league deal. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 12, 2014 The Tigers...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

With Joel Hanrahan Shutdown, Detroit Tigers’ Dave Dombrowski Needs Another Miracle

(hueytaxi, Flickr) The Detroit Tigers’ dream of having Joel Hanrahan help closeout a game in the postseason is turning into a nightmare as he has been shutdown by the team and Dave Dombrowski needs to pull another rabbit out of a hat. Coming just hours before the Tigers’ bullpen would eventually blow a one run lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks, word came that Hanrahan had...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Joel Hanrahan shut down, Andy Dirks resumes baseball activities

The Tigers got some good news and bad news on the injury front Tuesday. According to’s James Schmehl, Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan was shut down by the team after a Saturday bullpen session. Hanrahan, who was recently moved to the 60-day DL prior to being shut down will be re-evaluated later in the week. Bad news for #Tigers RHP Joel Hanrahan. He has been shut down after...
Via The Majors Detroit
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Saturday morning roster moves: Hanrahan, VerHagen, more

The Tigers have made some roster moves this morning: Moving Joel Hanrahan from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL, removing him from the 40 man roster. Adding RHP Drew VerHagen to the 40 man roster and selecting him as the 26th man for today’s double header. Optioning RHP Chad Smith to AAA Toledo. Recalling RHP Corey Knubel from AAA Toledo.
Via The Majors Detroit
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Games 2014.93-94: Indians at Tigers

Baseball Reference Game Preview Makeup doubleheader today, Cory Kluber vs. Drew VerHagen in the 1 o’clock game and Zach McAllister vs. Max Scherzer in the 7 o’clock reprise. The outlook for seeing Joel Hanrahan as a Tiger some time in 2014 has not improved. The rumors surrounding the acquisitions of Joakin Soria or Joaquin Benoit are heating up.
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates are the best example of the argument against relievers as All-Stars

When writing about the Pirates’ three All-Stars last night, I mostly wanted to focus on Josh Harrison, since I figured Harrison would be one of the more controversial choices (as he should have been) for the NL team. I briefly laid out how dominant Tony Watson’s been in the last calendar year or so and left it at that, but I almost completely glossed over the larger question...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Notes: Updating injury progress of Hanrahan, Dirks and Putkonen

DETROIT -- Left fielder Andy Dirks is getting closer to a return to the Detroit Tigers after back surgery in March, while right-handed reliever Luke Putkonen's Thursday surgery makes him unlikely to return any earlier than August. Former All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan, signed earlier this season by the Tigers, is back throwing bullpen sessions in Lakeland, Fla. Hanrahan, who had Tommy...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Joel Hanrahan to throw off a mound this week

The Detroit Tigers begin a series against the Toronto Blue Jays tonight with a record of 31-22, first place in the American League Central. The Tigers are 11th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, but just 16th in team ERA. Despite the first place standing, the Tigers have had struggles in bullpen, particularly with Phil Coke and closer Joe Nathan, who although has 13 saves, has...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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