Originally written December 26, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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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.  In case you missed it, on Monday I wrote about the potential Hanrahan trade and the Pirates signing of Francisco Liriano, noting that it was a step in the right direction for the franchise. Knowing all the particulars involved now, my opinion hasn't changed in the slightest. Pittsburgh essentially punted one year of control with Hanrahan for four in Melancon, and Hanrahan will make more in 2013 than Melancon could potentially make over the next four seasons if he's used as a middle reliever in Pittsburgh. Melancon is also four and a half years younger than Hanrahan, and actually contributed more value in 2012 than the form...
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