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Storylines: Hanrahan signs with Tigers

The two-time All-Star signs a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Storylines: Hanrahan signs with Tigers
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Friday, May 2nd.

Top Stories:

  • Acknowledging a need for bullpen help, the Tigers announced yesterday that they signed right-hander Joel Hanrahan to a one-year, incentive-laden Major League contract. Hanrahan will begin the season on the disabled list and build up arm strength in the minors before joining the big league club, according to GM Dave Dombrowski. Hanrahan’s base salary is $1 million, and he can earn up to $3 million total after incentives, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. 

Tribe News:

  • With Jason Kipnis officially on the disabled list, Elliot Johnson got another shot to fill in at second base on Friday night, hitting ninth. Manager Terry Francona said he would use other options at second base, as well, during Kipnis' DL stint. Francona also said that Mike Aviles would get some starts at second, and he plans to get Jose Ramirez, who took Kipnis' roster spot, in there as well.
  • Heading into Saturday, the Indians are the only team that has not played in extra innings this season, according to Stephen Ellsesser of

News and Notes:

  • ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson will receive a guaranteed $23.5 million over the life of his contract extension, and the 2018 club option is valued at $10 million. News of the extension was first reported on Thursday night.
  • The Orioles have maintained dialogue with free agent first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales over the last several weeks, according to Jon Heyman of At present, a "fairly significant gap" still separates the two sides. Notably, according to Heyman, the key issue is not years, but dollars.
  • The Tigers announced that they outrighted left-hander Mike Belfiore off the 40-man roster in order to clear a spot for reliever Joel Hanrahan.
  • The Padres have officially announced the signing of Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to a minor league contract that is reportedly worth $1 million. MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes reported last month that the two sides were finalizing a deal, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman reported that the hang-up was likely over Despaigne’s need to get a visa.
  • Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reported that Tony Sipp’s deal with Houston will pay him “roughly” $700,000 if he hits all of the incentives. The Astros, also, officially announced the signing, adding that right-hander Jesse Crain was transferred to the 60-day DL in order to create room on the 40-man roster, and right-hander Paul Clemens was optioned to Triple-A to create room on the 25-man roster.

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