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Joel Hanrahan Trade Pushes Boston Red Sox Near Top Of AL East

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox looked like they were done with offseason moves but on Saturday, they proved many wrong again as the team traded for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan. I would think Hanrahan becomes the eighth inning setup man for Andrew Bailey in Boston but those roles could easily flip-flop. I do believe that the Red Sox had to make a move like this though in the tough American League East.

Hanrahan brings a power arm to the Boston bullpen to go with Bailey and could be co-closers for the Red Sox. This move is one I don’t understand if I’m the Pirates though. Pittsburgh appears to be on the verge of making the postseason for the first time in over 20 years and now they trade their closer away. It will be interesting to see what players go to Pittsburgh in this trade and hopefully one of them is a solid prospect or a Major League ready player.

The Red Sox continue to reload after dumping most of their roster late last season and have made several moves to completely change their team.

These moves all have to come in response to what the Toronto Blue Jays have been up to. Boston may now be able to compete with Toronto in the division and those two teams should be the teams to beat in the AL East. Hanrahan will be successful in that division with his fastball and his array of pitches.

I’m shocked by the number of moves that Boston have made this offseason but have now went from the basement of the division back to near the penthouse in a few short months.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.