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A lot has been made about the Pittsburgh Pirates signing long-time Twins starter Francisco Liriano to a two-year, $12.75 million deal. Over at WHYGAVS, our own Pat Lackey thinks the deal is a gamble, but one worth taking with a potential huge payoff. The Pirates are also in the midst of trading closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox as part of a six player deal that would net them four players, though only two (Stolmy Pimental and Jerry Sands) are currently known, with the potential movement of Mark Melancon also up in the air.  Of course, we can't really analyze the Hanrahan deal until all the names are known. But after re-signing Jason Grilli to a two-year, $6.75 million deal, there wasn't any need for the Pirates to keep Hanrahan and pay him that much just for 2013. It's not as if Hanrahan is some sort of stud closer (which you'd assume based on his All-Star berths and high save total). Last year, he struck out 67 and walked 36 in 59 2/3 innings while allowing ei...
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