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Detroit Tigers Sign Free Agent Reliever Joel Hanrahan

Posted at 11:07 AM, May 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-02 14:30:59-04

Tigers D graphicDETROIT, (May 2, 2014) — There has been one giant, glaring weakness for the Detroit Tigers so far this season. They may have just gone a long way in correcting that.

The Tigers announced today that they have agreed to terms with on a one-year deal with free agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan.  Jon Heyman of CBS Sports  was the first to report the deal.

The 32-year old right-handed reliever is nearly a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Prior to the surgery, he pitched in nine games for the Boston Red Sox, allowing eight earned runs in 7.1 innings pitched. He was an all-star closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011-2012.

Hanrahan, 32, seems like a logical set-up man for Tigers closer Joe Nathan. The Tigers bullpen has a 5.37 ERA so far this season, second worst in all of baseball.