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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Wednesday he was working on a number of fronts to improve the ballclub, and that evidently includes conversations with the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding closer Joel Hanrahan. Multiple sources confirmed that the Sox and Pirates have had discussions regarding Hanrahan, who saved a total of 76 games over the last two seasons for the Pirates and is a year away from free agency. With incumbent closer Andrew Bailey still a question mark after a season in which he was injured for most of the year, then pitched ineffectively, it makes sense that the Sox would explore bullpen upgrades. But Pittsburgh is looking for pitching, primarily starters, and one major league source said Pittsburgh is seeking a "significant return" for Hanrahan, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons. He earned $4.1 million in 2012 and can expect a significant bump in salary arbitration.
ESPN Boston: Sox interested in Pirates Hanrahan
It's taken only one season for the front office to have buyer's remorse over Andrew Bailey. Hanrahan has been one of the better closers over the past two seasons where the Pirates have teased a playoff run only to fizzle out in the end. He's a one inning closer as he's thrown just 128 1/3 innings in 133 games over that same two year stretch but he's been lights out, especially two years ago when he had less than a 1.00 ERA for the first half of the season.
So say if the Sox do get him, where does that leave Bailey and the rest of the bullpen? Relegate him as the set up man and then leave Bard in AAA or have him be the 7th inning guy? Trade Bailey and hope you can get one-third of a player that Josh Reddick has become?
Unfortantely, the Sox should do this move since we can't rely on Bailey's health. This means we're giving up something substantial for a 31 year old closer. Brutal.
Globe: Dempster ready for action | Dempster on joining the Red Sox | Herald: Dempster delivers | CSNNE: Sox had more dialogue with Napoli | Sox seeking relief from Hanrahan? | WEEI: Can Dempster remain durable? | Cherington talks about Ross, Ellsbury |
BEST OF MAXIM
In Dominican League action from last night, Kris Johnson threw six shutout innings, allowing just one base hit, a third inning single with two outs. He also walked two and struck out three batters. Johnson has pitched brilliantly this DWL season, giving up just one earned run over 19.2 innings pitched. He has allowed only eight base hits, giving him a .127 BAA.
Alex Valdez went...
In Venezuelan League action from last night, Ryan Reid picked up his eighth save in dramatic fashion, He came on in the eighth inning with a 4-3 lead, a man on second base and one out. Reid struck out the next two batters to retire the side, then after his team went down in order in the top of the ninth, Reid came back out to try to close out the game. He struck out the first two...
The Red Sox already bolstered their bullpen by adding Koji Uehara, but the club might not be done adding arms to the equation.
The Sox are believed to have interest in Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, according to CBSSports’com’s Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, who have been dropping cash like nobody’s business this offseason, are reportedly also interested in the 6-foot-4 right-hander...
While the Los Angeles Dodgers are “kicking the tires” on
late-inning relievers Joel Hanrahan and Brian Wilson, the club is not in on
free agent right-hander Rafael Soriano, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Dodgers still "kicking the tires" internally on both Joel Hanrahan & Brian Wilson with goal of deepening bullpen...not in on Rafael Soriano
— JIM BOWDEN...
The Red Sox have reportedly been talking to the Pirates about trading for closer Joel Hanrahan. Now, more news is coming to light about who those trade talks might have focused on.
The Pirates are targeting Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias and Dodgers shortstop prospect Dee Gordon, according to the USA Today’s John Perrotto. Initially, it appeared that Pittsburgh would be looking...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to sign Francisco Liriano, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The deal is a two year, $14 M deal.
Liriano is coming off a season where he had a 5.34 ERA in 156.2 innings between Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox. That followed a year where he had a 5.09 ERA in 134.1 innings in Minnesota. The lefty had a breakout season...
Joel Hanrahan is becoming a hot commodity, the Yankees are shopping for bats, and Bobby Abreu is hoping for a return to the majors.
As the Major League Baseball offseason approaches the end of the calendar year, Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard is getting pretty bare.
Actually, that’s not exactly accurate. There are a surprising number of solid second-tier players still on the board — namely Nick Swisher, Cody Ross and Michael Bourn — particularly in the outfield. However, as teams retool for 2013, with...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been trying to land players in free agency. One player they have signed is pitcher Francisco Liriano. Liriano will make $14 million over the next two years.
Last season Liriano had a 5.34 ERA while splitting time between the Twins and White Sox.
The Pirates are hoping that Liriano returns to the form he had in 2010 when he had a 3.62 ERA and racked up...
In Australian League action from today, Zac Fuesser continued his strong ABL season, with no earned runs over six innings of work. He was matched on the mound by former Pittsburgh Pirate Virgil Vasquez, who was equally impressive, going seven innings without an earned run. Both pitchers allowed one unearned run, with Fuesser’s coming during a rough first inning. He allowed three...
Some quick hits tonight in the aftermath of the Francisco Liriano deal. I was on the road most of the day today, and had a lot of time to think about the fallout from this deal.
**I mentioned earlier that I felt the Francisco Liriano deal was a good risk for the Pirates to take. I was on TribLIVE Radio this afternoon further discussing the deal. Liriano is a great gamble for the...