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 two-time All-Star converted 76 of 84 save opportunities during that span. Hanrahan is set to earn around $7 million this season in his final year of arbitration.
Holt, 24, was the Pirates’ 9th round pick in 2009 and made his ML debut last season. Over 72 plate appearances, Holt posted a line of .292/.329/.354. He owns a career .317 batting average over four minor league seasons.
Melancon, 27, served as the Houston Astros closer during 2011, converting 20 of 25 save opportunities before being traded to Boston last year. He laid an egg last year with a 6.20 ERA with the Red Sox.
Sands, 25, is a power...