Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have late-inning reliever
Jason Grilli back in the fold for 2013, the club could be more willing to part
ways with closer Joel Hanrahan, who’s drawn interest from the Los Angeles
Dodgers and Detroit Tigers this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX
The re-signing of right-handed setup man Jason Grilli gives
the Pirates the option to trade closer Joel Hanrahan, who likely will make $7
million in arbitration next season before becoming a free agent.
Despite his success with the Pirates, Rosenthal notes that
the Dodgers and Tigers are “wary” of Hanrahan’s salary. The closer is expected
to make something in the range of $7 million in arbitration next season.
If the Pirates are able to swing a trade with the Tigers or
Dodgers involving Hanrahan, either deal would likely result in starting
pitching heading to Pittsburgh. Detroit’s re-signing of Anibal Sanchez leaves
Rick Porcello listed as a trade candidate, while veterans Aaron Harang and
Chris Capuano are even more available now that Los Angeles has added Zack Greinke
and Ryu Hyun-jin.
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