One day after impressing scouts in a showcase in Tampa, free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan is drawing significant interest from teams around the league. According to major league sources, Hanrahan has not yet started the process of negotiating with teams about a potential deal and the process is in its "preliminary stages", but a couple of undisclosed teams are being more aggressive in their pursuits at this time. This echoes an earlier report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that also noted that teams are beginning to request Hanrahan's medicals.
According to a source, 32 representatives from about 20 teams were on hand for Hanrahan's showcase, in which he hit 93 mph on the radar gun after an 11-month rehab process following Tommy John surgery. The teams in attendance included the Mets, Red Sox, Yankees, Royals, Rangers, Rockies and Indians (according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com), the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays (according to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com), the Twins (according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN) and the Tigers (according to MLB.com's Jason Beck), but no teams have emerged as favorites at this time.
Hanrahan, who last appeared in the majors with the Red Sox last season, will likely sign with a team looking for late-inning relief help in the next couple of weeks. Sources have indicated that the Mets are "definitely a possibility" for the former Nationals and Pirates closer, and the Yankees and Red Sox would make sense as well.