Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/22/12
Mlb-may-pirates-dodgers
The Red Sox have been methodically moving through their roster, adding pieces here and there to fill the holes left by the August housecleaning that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers and otherwise shoring up the 93-loss team. On Saturday, the club reportedly used a piece from that very same Dodgers trade to get some bullpen help. The Red Sox are said to have acquired Pittsburgh reliever Joel Hanrahan in return for prospects Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel in a deal that is still in the works, according to reports. Sands came to the Red Sox in the August trade with Los Angeles. While Hanrahan will certainly be a boost for any pitching staff, what complicates the matter is that he’s been an All-Star closer for two seasons — and the Red Sox already have a closer or two. Andrew Bailey, who missed much of last season after a fluke injury coming out of spring training, and Alfredo Aceves, who held down the closer job for most of the season, both appear to be more than able to take care of the ninth-inning job. The Red Sox may just be strengthening their bullpen altogether, beefing up the eighth-inning setup role. Or they may be spoiling to flip another trade, with Aceves valued by other teams for his ability to start or eat innings in relief. Trading Bailey has also been mentioned this offseason. Opening Day is a long way off, but it’s never too soon to start speculating. With Hanrahan reportedly in the fold, who takes care of closer job for the Red Sox in 2013? Take Our Poll
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rams owner buys massive 520,000-acre Texas ranch

Cam Newton explains why he did not dive on fumble

George Karl’s agent rips Kings, wants broadcaster reprimanded

WATCH: Popovich has funny reaction to New Hampshire results

Suns vets pull packing peanut prank on rookie Devin Booker

Teammate gives Manning final completion ball from Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss Football cited in 13 of 28 department violations by NCAA

Larry Sanders to consider NBA comeback after other interests stabilize

The NCAAB power rankings

SEC begins crying foul over Jim Harbaugh’s spring break plans at Michigan

Marc Gasol reportedly out indefinitely with broken foot

Patriots waive Montee Ball despite never officially re-signing running back

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

Clemson LB has great response to NFL draft analyst's criticism

Former Aggies QB Kyle Allen reveals culture problems at Texas A&M

Roy Williams collapses during game vs. BC

Panthers TE Greg Olsen shaves off his playoff beard

Derek Fisher thanks Knicks in statement

Miami Heat to honor Shaq by retiring his number 32

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

Bring back the Dunk Contest

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker