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Apr 20, 2014

MLB Rumors: Rangers eye Texas-native Joel Hanrahan


By on 12:12 AM

Former closer Joel Hanrahan is from the state of Texas, and now it seems his hometown Rangers have him on their radar, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

The Rangers are said to be another in the mix for hard-throwing free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, which makes sense on a couple levels.
First, and most important, Texas' pitching staff has been in flux since a variety of injuries struck in spring training, with relievers Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers currently in the rotation (Ross is doing better than Scheppers), and a bullpen not quite settled yet.
Second, Hanrahan lives in Lewisville Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Texas currently employs Joakim Soria as its closer. Soria has two saves in 2014 but an ERA of 6.00. Beyond him, the Rangers don't have much in the way of late-inning arms.

The Mets Red Sox, Yankees and Rays have varying levels of interest as well. Hanrahan saved 76 games for Pittsburgh from 2011-2012 before being traded to Boston prior to the 2013 season. He only appeared in nine games for the Sox last season before being shut down with the elbow injury.

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