Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 3/1/13
Acquired from the Pirates the day after Christmas, Joel Hanrahan comes to the Red Sox with something to prove. Although Hanrahan didn't cost the Sox much big league talent (an underrated Mark Melancon and medium-upside Jerry Sands), he will immediately take over for Andrew Bailey as the team's closer. Hanrahan was a very effective reliever during his three seasons in Pittsburgh. In 2010 he had a 3.62 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. He took over as their closer in 2011, saving 40 games with an impressive 1.83 ERA. Hanrahan had a great start to the 2012 season -- and finished the year with a 2.72 ERA -- but saw his ERA in July, August, and September climb from 2.38 to 2.89 to 5.00. Any team should be happy with 36 saves and a 2.72 ERA, but there are some red flags in Hanrahan's 2012 season that should cause some concern. When looking at pitching statistics, especially with a reliever with fewer innings, it is important to consider the luck and timeliness involved. FIP (...
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