The Boston Red Sox continued to rebuild and reshape yesterday when the picked up Joel Hanrahan among others from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hanrahan was reportedly one player in the six-player deal between the two teams, but he was the highlight of the package going to Boston.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the deal includes four players to Pittsburgh and two to Boston.
Hanrahan trade is 6-player deal as constituted. 4 to pitts, 2 to bos.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 22, 2012
The Pirates are to receive Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel as part of the deal says Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The deal is pending physicals for all players which will not be completed before Christmas.
Hanrahan will provide the Red Sox with a more reliable closer option in 2013. Hanrahan did not hit the DL at all last season. His only issue came when he had a minor hamstring pull in April that caused him to miss one game. The Red Sox, on the other hand, saw their closer Andrew Bailey miss most of the season. Hanrahan will be able to step in and take that job over.
In 2012, Hanrahan has 36 saves and a 2.72 ERA. In his four seasons in Pittsburgh, the 31-year old has 82 saves and a 2.59 ERA. He only recently took on the role of full-time closer, but he has excelled at it.