Red Sox have acquired Joel Hanrahan

  • David Whitlock

Amid uncertainty in their bullpen, the Boston Red Sox have dealt for Joel Hanrahan.  According to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Rob Biertempfel, a six-player swap has been agreed to pending physicals

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#Pirates have deal to send Hanrahan, another player to #RedSox as part of 6-player swap. Pirates will get … http://sulia.com/my_thoughts/0afbaff5-4b72-4ce7-87c3-57dc5308b4a4/?source=twitter …

As the free agent market for closers has dried up, the Sox are looking to get a healthy arm with the status (and effectiveness) of Andrew Bailey uncertain.  The Sox acquired Bailey in 2011 after losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies via free agency, however Bailey went down in April and was extraordinarily ineffective in 19 games.

Hanrahan has been one of the more “under-the-radar- closers having pitched in minor markets like Washington (before Strasburg and Harper) and Pittsburgh.  Hanrahan has 76 saves the past two seasons is second only to Craig Kimbrel’s 88 over the same time period (and did I mention he pitched for the Pirates).

As the AL East is arming up, the Red Sox are going to need some certainty in the bullpen and trading for Hanrahan would be at least one area in which they could put themselves in a position to succeed.  The question is, how much do they have to give up and what do they have left on the farm to give up?

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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