Found January 23, 2013 on Full Spectrum Baseball:
Mlb-may-pirates-dodgers
Joel Hanrahan is not walking through that bullpen door, Pirates fans. Well, he probably won’t be. It is a strange and funny world sometimes, so I guess no guarantees. At least for now and, most likely, the foreseeable future Joel Hanrahan will not be walking through that bullpen door. Nope, Hanrahan rode the gravy train on over to Beantown to come outta the ’pen for the Rouge Hose. Now closers, as the aforementioned Rouge Hose can attest, are not so easily replaced. It helps if a team already has someone that can slide into the role fairly effortlessly or, like the Rouge Hose, have enough money to pony up for a hot free agent closer…or an oft-injured one (*cough* Andrew Bailey *cough*).  In any event, Hanrahan, is not as notable or as high priced as say a Jonathan Papelbon (then again, who is?) but Hanrahan was solid game finisher for the Bucs. Hanrahan posted 76 saves over the last two seasons with Pittsburgh with an ERA in the low twos. I didn’t watch nearly as many Pirates games a
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Why the Red Sox restructured Mike Napoli's contract

Lately we've joked (I say “we” but what I mean is “I”) about Mike Napoli’s health issues. If you found it in poor taste or perhaps lacking the proper amount of humor then you probably have the personality of a whiffle-ball bat. Nonetheless today we found out exactly why Napoli failed his physical which led the Red Sox to restructure his 3-year deal. The reason is...

Martinez returns to Red Sox as assistant to GM

Pedro Martinez has returned to the Boston Red Sox. On Thursday, Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, who spent seven seasons in Boston, was brought back to the franchise. He will serve as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington. Martinez became a Red Sox starting pitcher in 1998 and was a key cog in the 2004 team that brought a World...

A quick look at the Red Sox starting rotation

I'm a man of my word and as promised here's a quick preview of the 2013 Red Sox starting rotation. Keep in mind this isn't an in depth Jeremy Schaap-esque report (that guy can pull a story), but rather a glancing look at what was, what is and what might be in store for the Red Sox starting rotation. Enjoy Red Sox Nation, enjoy. Jon Lester (2012 Record: 9-14) ...

Are Red Sox and Pirates playing lets make a deal again?

The Red Sox and Pirates seem to be good trading partners this off-season. A big deal at the end of December brought Joel Hanrahan already to Boston. http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/12/26/3805030/joel-hanrahan-trade-pirates-red-sox If the two sides keep the communications open there might be another deal to be made. The Pirates are the ones to start the latest rumor that Garrett Jones...

Red Sox to Host Winterfest Video Game Tournament, Open PA Announcer Auditions at Fenway Park on Saturday

Boston is freezing and Opening Day is still more than two months away, but Fenway Park already has a baseball feel to it. That’s because the Red Sox will be hosting the Winterfest Video Game Tournament at the ballpark on Saturday, Jan. 26. The event, which will transform the Fenway Park suites into an arcade, will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The bracket-style tournament will feature...

Vote: Which Red Sox Player Will Have the Biggest Bounce-Back Year in 2013?

While the Red Sox are looking to bounce back after a 2012 season filled with turmoil, several players are also looking to get back to form this year. John Lackey added to the Red Sox’ pitching woes last season without throwing a single pitch. Lackey, in his third season in Boston, missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Many players have pitched well following...

Your Morning Dump...where the bullpen will be a source of strength this season.

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. News that John Farrell is excited about Daniel Bard after watching the righthander throw in Mississippi over the weekend could indicate that there will be a lot of depth in the Red Sox bullpen. Farrell...

Pedro Martinez returns to Red Sox as Special Assistant to General Manager

The Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington announced this morning that former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez has been signed as a special assistant to the General Manager. Martinez is the second ex-Red Sox player to be signed onto staff with this role, joining Jason Varitek. Cherington was quoted saying "We are very excited to have Pedro onboard with us and back in the...

Vote: Which Other Member of the Red Sox’ 2004 World Series Team Would You Like to See Join the Staff?

It’s now going on nine years since the Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and captured the franchise’s first World Series title in 86 years. While David Ortiz remains the last Red Sox from the 2004 team, on Thursday it was announced the Pedro Martinez would be returning to Boston as a special assistant. With Jason Varitek also joining the front office last season, it begs...

Red Sox hire Pedro as assistant to GM

Former Boston manager Terry Francona gave Pedro Martinez a big hug along with some advice to help him in his new job as a special assistant to the Red Sox general manager. ''Now he's going to have to be on time,'' Francona needled his former pitcher on Thursday when the two were reunited at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association...

40 Man Roster Review: Craig Breslow

With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much else going on. The 2012 Red Sox fell so far, so fast it is difficult to remember that at the July 31 Trade Deadline that the Red Sox were still on the periphery of contention...

40 Man Roster Review: Daniel Bard

With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much else going on. "Whatever the Red Sox get from Daniel Bard is a bonus." "If Daniel Bard can figure it out, it will be like the best mid-season trade the...

Pedro Martinez and John Farrell Look to Revive Red Sox

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Fort Myers, Florida for spring training February 10th, the Boston Red Sox are primed to put their past three dismal seasons behind them and get back to American League East royalty. Though the Sox recent seasonal campaigns have left a bad taste in the mouth of Red Sox Nation, fans must be patient and realize the MLB season varies spontaneously...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.