Joel Hanrahan’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates has almost come to an end. The Hammer has been sent to the Red Sox along with another Pirate as part of a six player deal, with Boston sending first baseman/corner outfielder Jerry Sands, right handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and two others to the Bucs. The full extent of the deal is unknown at this point as well as currently pending physicals.
The front office has already spent the money that Hanrahan would have earned in 2013 on Francisco Liriano. After reports of a Hanrahan for Chris Capuano deal, the club has ended up with Liriano and four prospects from moving their closer and another player. While it’s difficult to fully analyze the deal without knowing the full extent of it, it seems like both teams have done well. The Red Sox have solidified the back end of their bullpen while giving up players that were essentially spare parts, while the Pirates have picked up some upside for a player that was too expensive for his role on the team – which has in turn allowed them to spend on Liriano.
The Pirates have lost some strength at the back end of their bullpen. Hanrahan’s had a 2.59 ERA and 1.199 WHIP with 265 strikeouts and 82 saves over 229 innings and a third since joining the Bucs from the Nationals during the 2009 season (my more in depth look at Hanrahan can be found here). His projected 2013 salary of around $7M essentially signalled the end of his career in Pittsburgh, especially when the front office brought back Jason Grilli. The Red Sox now have a very deep bullpen, so one of the other players involved may be a bullpen arm, although that’s purely speculation on my part.
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Plus profiles on the three prospects returned in the deal + Andy Oliver (Pirates-Tigers trade)