Amid uncertainty in their bullpen, the Boston Red Sox have dealt for Joel Hanrahan. According to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Rob Biertempfel, a six-player swap has been agreed to pending physicals
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As the free agent market for closers has dried up, the Sox are looking to get a healthy arm with the status (and effectiveness) of Andrew Bailey uncertain. The Sox acquired Bailey in 2011 after losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies via free agency, however Bailey went down in April and was extraordinarily ineffective in 19 games.
Hanrahan has been one of the more “under-the-radar- closers having pitched in minor markets like Washington (before Strasburg and Harper) and Pittsburgh. Hanrahan has 76 saves the past two seasons is second only to Craig Kimbrel’s 88 over the same time period (and did I mention he pitched for the Pirates).
As the AL East is arming up, the Red Sox are going to need some certainty in the bullpen and trading for Hanrahan would be at least one area in which they could put themselves in a position to succeed. The question is, how much do they have to give up and what do they have left on the farm to give up?
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