Right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan may be nearing a deal with a Major League Baseball club very soon. Hanrahan is currently working his way back from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery that he received last year on May 16. He had only pitched 71/3 innings for the Boston Red Sox before injuring his throwing arm and ended the season with a 9.82 ERA. Hanrahan, 32, has a career ERA of a much lower 3.85 and has 100 career saves.
Free-agent RHP Joel Hanrahan, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May, up to 90-92 mph in workouts. Could sign with a club fairly soon.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 17, 2014
The New York Yankees have been scouting him according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The Yankees plan on using RHP David Robertson as their replacement for the retired Mariano Rivera but signing Hanrahan would give them a security net if Robertson were to struggle in the closer role. However, any number of teams could and probably are interested in signing a safe, low-cost deal with the right-hander. So there is no real idea where he will end up but we can be sure it will be soon with Opening Day exactly two weeks away.