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Red Sox, Bucs Close to Deal for Hanrahan

Red Sox, Bucs Close to Deal for Hanrahan

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12/24/12Red Sox, Bucs close to deal for Hanrahan | MLB.com: News1/3mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121222&content_id=40780954&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
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Red Sox, Bucs close to deal for Hanrahan
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com |
12/23/12 3:36 PM ET
 A deal that sends Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox was said to be close to done onSaturday evening, with first baseman Jerry Sands and right-hander Stolmy Pimentel part of thepackage going back to Pittsburgh, baseball sources told MLB.com.It's unclear if physicals will be needed to finish the deal. The trade will not be completed until after Christmas, a source told MLB.com. Andrew Bailey was the Red Sox's presumptive closer entering the offseason, although the acquisitionof Hanrahan, 31, could serve to create competition, if not insurance.CBS Sports reported the deal will include four players going to the Pirates and two to the Red Sox.Hanrahan had a 2.72 ERA in 2012 and a 1.83 ERA the year before -- both times earning All-Star selections -- and has tallied 76 saves since 2011. He averages 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings for hiscareer, but he saw his walk rate increase by more than three per nine innings last season, to 5.4.He's arbitration eligible for the final time this year before heading to free agency next winter. A right-hander from Iowa, Hanrahan has spent all of his six Major League seasons in the NationalLeague, with the Nationals and Pirates.Pirates general manager Neal Huntington recently denied a need to deal Hanrahan because of hisprojected $7 million salary and post-2013 free agency, yet conceded a deal could happen to "makethe team better.""But we aren't
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to do anything," said Huntington, alluding to payroll. "We like our club."Bailey said at the start of December that he was approaching Spring Training as though the closing job were his."I think I have to," Bailey said. "Right now, I'd think I'm the only guy in that role. I feel, like I said, theytraded for me for a reason. Last year was very frustrating on a lot of accounts, and even when I washealthy, I didn't do my job to my fullest expectations or the organization's expectations. I'm taking thatinto my offseason workout, and knowing that I got to hammer down games for this organization andthis team, and we got to get to the playoffs."With Hanrahan in the fold, the Red Sox have upgraded their bullpen this winter with Koji Uehara --himself a closer at one point -- also in the fold. Lifetime, Hanrahan's held lefties to a .220 average, 30points lower than right-handed hitters.The deal leaves the Pirates with a void in the closer's role, though Hanrahan said recently hebelieved Jason Grilli could handle the job."[Grilli] really turned his career around last season, and we made a pretty good eighth-ninth combo,"Hanrahan said. "If I'm not there, I'm sure he will be taking over the ninth inning."Boston needed to clear roster space to officially sign shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Mike
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Napoli -- if a deal does indeed get done with the latter. Closing Napoli's deal has taken more than twoweeks so far because of an undisclosed snag in negotiations, possibly related to his health. Sandsand Pimentel were both on the 40-man roster.Sands' time in the Sox organization was short-lived. The 25-year-old came over as part of theblockbuster with the Dodgers last summer and had strong numbers at Triple-A last season, hitting.296 with 26 home runs and 107 RBIs. His OPS was .900 there.Pimentel, who will be 23 next season, has been in the Red Sox organization since he signed as anon-drafted free agent in July 2006. He started off strong in the Minors, but hasn't been able to getover the hump in Double-A. Last year, though, was an improvement: he lowered his ERA at Portlandto 4.59, making 22 starts. He had a 9.12 ERA with Portland in 2011.
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.(Resume)Seriously???????? The Pirates claim to be trying to win, but they spend $14 to a player with THESE stats lastseason?Liriano was 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA in 2012.OR, these stats in his entire career?He's 53-54 with a 4.40 ERA in six full seasons."Liriano marks the second big free-agent acquisition of the past month for the Pirates; catcher Russell Martin signeda two-year, $17 million deal." And they commit $17 million to a catcher??? Last season, Martin's OPS was .713, while Michael McKenry's was.766!BUT, they need to trade Joel Hanrahan, partially because he will make around $7 million? Here are his stats:5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves, along with a 10.1 strikeouts to 9 innings ratio and 2 consecutive all star appearances.With math like this, a 21st consecutive losing season seems guaranteed.
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This is a what if, but the Sox could be really good next year, if the following occurs:Lester and Bucholz bounce back and take the 1 - 2 slots in rotationDoubront continues to pitch well and stay strong through the full seasonLackey comes back decent (that is all you can ask for from him)Dempster comes in and throws quality innings and wins 10-15 games And for the hitting side:Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Ortiz step up as proven leadersVictorino and Napoli show their deals are worth itIf Salty gets the at-bats, he gets 20-30 home runsMiddlebrooks has no set back from wrist issue And lastly, if sox go out and get another left hitting outfielder who can play when right handed pitchers and pitching.This will allow Gomes to be a primirary hitter from a left hander.If all of this comes through, then the Sox could be in business
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