Setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery meant Joel Hanrahan never pitched for the Tigers after signing a $1 million deal in May, but now they’ve re-signed him for 2015.
Bob Nightingale of USA Today reports that Hanrahan gets $1 million upfront again, plus another $2.5 million in potential incentives.
Detroit’s bullpen can certainly use plenty of help and Hanrahan was one of the best, hardest-throwing relievers in baseball before injuries derailed him, posting a 2.73 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 198 innings from 2010-2012. However, he threw just seven ineffective innings in 2013 and didn’t pitch in the majors at all this year.
Joe Nathan’s grip on the closer job is anything but secure and now the Tigers have former All-Star closers Hanrahan and Joakim Soria as other ninth-inning options.