So who has been thrilled with the performance with of the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen? I didn’t think there were very many of you. Well, if you are not excited about your choices within the Major League and Minor League levels of the organization, perhaps you would be looking at a former All-Star closer who is attempting a comeback. Joel Hanrahan will be throwing for a number of teams within the coming weeks, an industry source told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. No word yet if the D’backs are one of those teams sending a scout.
The former standout member of the Pittsburgh Pirates underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2013. He was dealt to the Boston Red Sox earlier that offseason for four players, one of them being valuable setup man Mark Melancon. The Hammer appeared in only nine games for Boston, registering four saves and an ugly 9.82 ERA. Between 2011 and 2012 he saved a total of 76 games for Pittsburgh, making the All-Star team in both seasons. He is 32 years old having appeared in a total of 362 games with 100 career saves and a 3.85 ERA for the Washington Nationals, the Pirates and Red Sox.
Most members of the Arizona bullpen, even with its lousy overall performance is safe. However, Joe Thatcher and Will Harris could be the most vulnerable. Thatcher’s deal runs out after this year at a minimal cost and Harris still has Minor League options. Do you think it is a good idea for the D’backs to take a look at the Hammer? Feel free to leave a comment in the box below.