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In a Bold Move, Boston Red Sox Acquire Joel Hanrahan from Pittsburgh Pirates

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

When the news of a possible trade of Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox was first reported last week, there was speculation as to whether or not a deal could be completed based on what the Pirates would want in return. Today, that speculation ended in a six-player trade.

Along with Hanrahan the Red Sox will get shortstop Brock Holt, a 24-year-old prospect who debuted with the Pirates last year, while Pittsburgh will receive first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands, reliever Mark Melancon, and prospects Stolmy Pimentel and Ivan De Jesus.

This is a pretty bold move for the Red Sox who are denting their already thin farm system to make a splash in rebuilding the big club for quick success. It’s obvious that Boston is trying to keep up with the bevy of moves made this off-season by the Toronto Blue Jays to make themselves contenders in the AL East.

Hanrahan recorded 76 saves during the past two seasons with the Pirates, but it’s unknown whether or not he’ll step into the closer’s role with Boston or if he’ll be used as a setup man. Since 2010, Hanrahan has posted a 2.73 ERA with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 205 appearances, making him one of the most effective relievers in the league.

Pretty impressive considering he’s yet to play on a Pirates team that finished the season above .500.

Since Hanrahan will be a free agent after the 2013 season the Red Sox will have to get the most out of him, as his services will not come cheap once he hits the open market.

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Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook