ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that reliever Joel Hanrahan will showcase for interested teams next week. He lists the Yankees, Mets, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Red Sox, Athletics, and Rays as interested teams, but not the Tigers or Phillies.
Hanrahan, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May, just a month and change into his first season with the Red Sox. He posted a 9.82 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. After coming over to the Pirates from the Nationals at the end of June 2009, he turned a corner and developed into a lights-out reliever. In 2010, Hanrahan posted a career high in strikeouts (100) and a career-low in walks (26) in 69 2/3 innings. In 2011, the Pirates named him their closer and he posted a 1.83 ERA with 40 saves. The success continued in 2012, when he finished with 36 saves and a 2.72 ERA.
The Red Sox sent Ivan De Jesus, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Jerry Sands to the Pirates in December 2012 to acquire Hanrahan along with Brock Holt.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.