The rise of Hanrahan and Clippard
July, 12, 2011
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
I spent my career as a general manager with small-market clubs (Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals), and the team payrolls that were usually in the bottom quadrant. In order to compete, the scouting department had to draft well, and as a GM you had to take chances on reclamation projects, minor league free agents or making minor league deals to acquire undervalued players.
Joel Hanrahan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals both fit that description, and both are representing the National League in this year's All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. We signed Hanrahan as a minor league free agent in November 2006. He was at the top of our minor league free-agent ranking list because of his size, delivery and raw stuff, not because of his command or control.