Red Sox Acquire Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates

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The Boston Red Sox finally completed a trade for closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal involving mostly prospects.

The 31-year old right hander as 40 and 36 saves over the last two seasons and averages well over a strikeout per inning. While his control sometimes has been a concern, his overpowering stuff isn’t. When Hanrahan is around the plate, he is nasty. He did falter a bit last season giving up eight home runs in 59.2 innings pitched. He gave up one the previous year in 68.2 innings worked. With his age creeping up a bit, the Pirates wanted to head in another direction and the Red Sox are hoping he can find the magic for them one more time. The Red Sox also received infielder prospect Brock Holt as part of the deal.

The biggest thing in return the Pirates got from the Red Sox was prospects. Infielder Ivan DeJesus, outfielder/first basemen Jerry Sands and pitcher Stolmy Pimental help strengthen the Pirates farm system. They also received major league relief pitcher Mark Melancon, who has some closing experience.

With the Red Sox already having closer Andrew Bailey, it’s possible that Hanrahan will be asked to set-up. However, Bailey struggled last season and his role may change with Hanrahan’s presence. Hanrahan was also very effective set-up guy, so he may be asked to take on that role as well.

The Pirates have plenty of talented arms in their bullpen. Do not be surpised to see veteran pitcher Jason Grilli or Tony Watson step into the closer role.

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