Pirates Rumors: Tigers, Dodgers Eyeing Joel Hanrahan

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have late-inning reliever Jason Grilli back in the fold for 2013, the club could be more willing to part ways with closer Joel Hanrahan, who’s drawn interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The re-signing of right-handed setup man Jason Grilli gives the Pirates the option to trade closer Joel Hanrahan, who likely will make $7 million in arbitration next season before becoming a free agent.

Despite his success with the Pirates, Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers and Tigers are “wary” of Hanrahan’s salary. The closer is expected to make something in the range of $7 million in arbitration next season.

If the Pirates are able to swing a trade with the Tigers or Dodgers involving Hanrahan, either deal would likely result in starting pitching heading to Pittsburgh. Detroit’s re-signing of Anibal Sanchez leaves Rick Porcello listed as a trade candidate, while veterans Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano are even more available now that Los Angeles has added Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-jin.

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