Found December 26, 2012 on
Ivan De Jesus
Boston Red Sox
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Red Sox fans received a lot of hip joke material on Wednesday, as the club announced that it has acquired closer Joel Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt from the Pirates in exchange for Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimental, Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus.
The sooner we get all of the Steve Holt Arrested Development gags and Tommy Hanrahan Slap Shot puns out of the way, though, the sooner we’ll realize that the Red Sox might have just bolstered their bullpen in a big way.
Hanrahan’s talent has become apparent in recent years. The 31-year-old has ridden a hard, biting slider and a fastball in the mid-t0-high 90s to back-to-back All-Star selections after experiencing a fair share of struggles early on in his career with the Nationals. Hanrahan went 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.274 WHIP while saving 36 games last season for the surprising Pirates, and he was even more impressive the season prior, recording 40 saves, a 1.83 ERA and a 1.049 WHIP in 68 2/3 innings for the Bucs.
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Today, it was announced that the Pirates and Red Sox had, indeed finalized a deal that sends RHP Joel Hanrahan and 2B Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for RHP Mark Melancon, OF/1B Jerry Sands, 2B Ivan De Jesus, and RHP Stolmy Pimentel.
Hanrahan, 31, was acquired by Pittsburgh in 2009 from the Washington Nationals and served as the team’s closer the past two seasons...
The Red Sox officially acquired closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates on Wednesday in a six-player deal with Pittsburgh.
The Sox sent two of the players they acquired from the Dodgers in last summer’s salary dump — first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands and infielder Ivan De Jesus — to Pittsburgh, along with pitchers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimental. In addition, the...
The long-rumored trade between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox that would send Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston has been completed. Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt will be sent to the Red Sox, and in return, Pittsburgh will receive pitcher Stolmy Pimental, reliever Mark Melancon, outfielder Jerry Sands, and shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr.
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The Pirates and Red Sox didn't waste much time after Christmas to get the Joel Hanrahan trade finalized, and the result isn't much different than what we were all speculating about back on December 23rd. We already knew the deal was going to involve Hanrahan going to the Red Sox with Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and probably Mark Melancon coming to the Pirates. The teams...
It's not quite a megadeal, but it's pretty big. Joel Hanrahan will become the Sox closer, and infielder Brock Holt (pictured) will join the team. Hanrahan is 31 and one of the National League's best closers. Holt is 24, and hit well last season, but only played 24 games.Gone are Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Sands and De Jesus were acquired...
The Red Sox have already nipped one problem in the bud.
Assistant general manager Brian O’Halloran said during a conference call Wednesday that the plan is for Joel Hanrahan to enter spring training as Boston’s closer. That puts an abrupt end to the debate as to whether the newly acquired Hanrahan or Andrew Bailey would pitch the ninth inning for the Red Sox this season.
The players going to Boston are Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt. Two fan favorites. In fact it only seems like the Pirates trade fan favorites. Fan love means little to me. The Pirates will get Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel. We covered that part of the trade earlier. The addition of Brock Holt to the [...]
The Boston Red Sox have completed a six player deal that will bring Joel Hanrahan to the team in exchange for Mark Melancon and prospects. It is a deal that was first reported last weekend, but has now been consummated and made official on Wednesday.
The Red Sox have made no secret that Hanrahan will serve as the team’s closer, and that there will be no competition between he and...
Could Garrett Jones be the next to go? – Photo by Mark Olson
After Jason Grilli was signed, we waited for the other shoe to drop with a Joel Hanrahan trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is completed, we’re left waiting for another shoe to drop. One of the big returns in the deal was Jerry Sands, who joins a crowded corner outfield/first base situation. That crowded situation already...
The biggest reason I’m OK with the Joel Hanrahan trade is the inclusion of reliever Mark Melancon. The other three guys are pretty big question marks, although I think Jerry Sands has a good chance of at least being decent in a platoon-ish role. Still, Melancon is just as (if not more) valuable than Hanrahan in my eyes, largely because he’s under team control through 2016 and...
The Red Sox certainly improved their bullpen this winter.
In addition to guys with closing experience like Andrew Bailey and Alfredo Aceves, the team added more live arms in Joel Hanrahan and Koji Uehara. That gives Boston one of the deepest bullpens in the American League, but is it the best?
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham think so, but his colleague Nick Cafardo disagrees,...
The Pirates completed a trade on Wednesday that sent Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to the Red Sox for Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel and Ivan De Jesus. The deal increases organizational depth for the Pirates and gives them a solid reliever in Melancon. The deal also effectively makes Jason Grilli the new Pirates closer. Grilli, who was recently re-signed to a very affordable...
After days of speculation and rumors, the Red Sox and Pirates have completed a trade that will send closer Joel Hanrahan and IF Brock Holt to the Red Sox in exchange for 1B/OF Jerry Sands, IF Ivan De Jesus Jr., RHP Mark Melancon, and minor league RHP Stolmy Pimentel. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com was the [...]