Red Sox to acquire Hanrahan, Holt UPDATED

Melancon, Sands, Pimentel, De Jesus Jr. traded to Pittsburgh

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and other reports, the Red Sox have acquired Joel Hanrahan and another player from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mark MelanconJerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel and another player. The former Pirates closer had 36 saves in 2012 and 40 saves in 2011. Hanrahan, a two-time All-Star, holds career numbers of 3.74 ERA/3.62 FIP/3.78 xFIP. Bill James projects Hanrahan to have a 3.63 ERA and a 3.61 FIP in 2013. Although Hanrahan had an impressive 10.11 K/9 in 2012 (up from 8.00 in 2011), his walk rate ballooned from 2.10 per 9  in 2011 to an ugly 5.43 per 9 in 2012. However, this is a result of a horrible last month of the season, where Hanrahan had 9 strikeouts against 10 walks in 9 innings pitched.

The discussion of the final two players involved in the deal, as well as physicals, could delay the completion of the deal past Christmas, according to Jon Heyman.

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Hanrahan in the second round of the 2000 draft. After becoming a free agent in 2006, Hanrahan signed with the Washington Nationals. The Nats traded Hanrahan and Lastings Milledge  to the Pirates in 2009 for Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan.

The Red Sox acquired Sands in the August mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sox received Melancon in a trade with the Houston Astros for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland. The Red Sox signed Pimentel as an international free agent in 2006.

Hanrahan will most likely be the new Red Sox closer, but they already have Andrew Bailey and Alfredo Aceves, both of whom have shown the ability to be a closer. Hanrahan made $4,100,000 in 2012 and is arbitration-eligible for the third and final time 2013. He will be a free agent after this season.

UPDATE: The last two players in the deal, according to Evan Drellich, will be Brock Holt and Ivan De Jesus Jr. The Pirates drafted Brock Holt in the 9th round of the 2009 draft. Holt is a second baseman and made his MLB debut in 2012. The Red Sox acquired De Jesus the August mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Categories: Alfredo Aceves Andrew Bailey Boston Red Sox Brock Holt Houston Astros Ivan De Jesus Jed Lowrie Jerry Sands Joel Hanrahan Kyle Weiland Lastings Milledge Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Melancon Nyjer Morgan Pittsburgh Pirates Sean Burnett Stolmy Pimentel Washington Nationals

Scott Candage is a long-time Red Sox fan. He recently came in third in the 127th annual Upperclass Twit of the Year competition. His best friend is a tree and he is a stockbroker in his spare time.

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  1. Cory December 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM #

    Considering we gave up a good bunch for one year of Hanrahan, is there a chance we could be getting Garrett Jones back in the trade as well? He hits righties really well and would be a great platoon with Napoli (if signed) and Gomes.

    • Seriously December 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM #

      You honestly consider Jerry Sands, Stolmy pimentel and Mark Melancon a good bunch?

      • Brian December 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM #

        lol. Jerry sands isn't going to hit as well in the majors and is subpar defensively. pimentel is our 20th ranked prospect. Melancon got rocked in the beg of last yr and while he eventually settled down, he would only be a 7th inning guy for us. Hanrahan is 8th or closer. This also frees up 2 40 man roster spots.

        • Cory December 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM #

          Eh, some do believe Melancon can play more like his 2011 self back in the NL. We are just walking about one guaranteed year of Hanrahan.

  2. ron December 24, 2012 at 9:54 PM #

    once again the Bucco management gets crap

  3. DezoPenguin December 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM #

    I have to take issue with the remark that Alfredo Aceves "has shown the ability to be a closer." Yes, he has in fact closed games, so taken literally the statement is accurate, but what he did not show last year was the ability to be a *successful* closer. 25 saves with 8 blown, 11 HRs allowed in only 84 innings, a 5.36 ERA, -1.1 Baseball-Reference WAR…no, that is not a successful season. Melancon at least had one year (2011) in which he served as an adequate closer, but Aceves instead was a quite successful long reliever/spot starter who was handed the closer job and blew it. If the 2013 closer job is not either Hanrahan's or Bailey's, then something very wrong indeed is happening.

  4. Myles Raucher December 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM #

    Hope he does well in Boston