The market for mediocre infielders remains strong.
According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Yankees, Twins and Reds are among several teams that have expressed interest in free agent Jack Hannahan.
Hannahan was designated for assignment by the Indians near the end of November after batting just .244/.312/.341 with four homers, 16 doubles and 29 RBI across 318 total plate appearances in 2012.
The 32-year-old native of St. Paul, Minnesota has made appearances at first base, second base, third base and shortstop over the course of his six-year major league career. He mostly stuck to the hot corner this past summer with Cleveland.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.
It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.
Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.
Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.