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Red Sox acquire closer Joel Hanrahan from Pirates

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05:49 PM ET 12.22 | Boston's busy offseason continues today with the acquisition of former Pittsburgh Pirate closer Joel Hanrahan. Although not all aspects of the deal have been formally announced, the trade appears to feature four-for-two swap, with four players departing from Boston and two coming in. It is not yet known who the Red Sox will be acquiring along with Hanrahan. Two of the four players headed to Pittsburgh are Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel. Neither can be considered a top notch prospect. Sands, 25, has put up excellent offensive numbers in the minors, but so far it hasn't translated at the big league level after 251 plate appearances, and at 25, he'd need to put it together pretty soon to keep getting chances. Pimentel, 22, is a lanky right-handed starter who has seen his stock drop in recent seasons, and he didn't do anything to reverse that trend last year in Double-A, where he put up mostly uninspiring numbers (4.59 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 6.7 K/9).

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December 22, 2012  06:17 PM ET

I guess the Andrew Bailey era is over.

December 22, 2012  06:25 PM ET

They acquired Mark Melancon before last season...

How'd that work out?

December 22, 2012  06:34 PM ET

Could wind up being a very underated pick up by the Sox. ....

December 22, 2012  08:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I guess the Andrew Bailey era is over.

andrew bailey would likely be traded as well, could he be one of those four players traded to the pirates?? anything could be serious happened!!!

December 22, 2012  08:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They acquired Mark Melancon before last season...How'd that work out?

wrong trades/wrong deals/seems to hunt back the pesky red sox,,, should they take a shower with a some tough herbs?? it may be a dark spot of karma,,,

December 22, 2012  08:19 PM ET

the red sox could allways sign rafael soriano,,what say you boston? the more closers available,,the better for the team and the new manager!!!but just don't over paid the boras client!!!

December 22, 2012  08:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Could wind up being a very underated pick up by the Sox. ....

if you going to shot shot don't talk, the dodgers ended empty handed and now the blues may turn to BORAS client in rafael soriano??? money talks!!!

December 22, 2012  08:41 PM ET

the indians are a very passive team and i wonder WHY they miss on youkilis deal???

December 22, 2012  08:42 PM ET

another team WHO refuse to throw money in the trashcan WAS??? the baltimore orioles but i DO NOT blame them at all!!

December 22, 2012  08:44 PM ET

the cubs are looking into the national east division the mets?? now that the mets are pulling trades on the left and in the right the cubs may join forces with the crazyness of mets!!!

December 22, 2012  08:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Could wind up being a very underated pick up by the Sox. ....

you can't win before you lose, should the new red sox closer collapse at the middle of the season?? andrew bailey still available though,,,

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December 23, 2012  12:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Hanrahan. Bailey. Bard. Melancon. Aceves. The Sox need to establish a pecking order in the bullpen.Cut or trade Aceves, and the others can battle it out.

They had a good thing in Bard a couple years ago...

Then they fouled him up...

December 23, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Boston needs a deep bullpen because their starters will make it a necessity.

December 23, 2012  12:08 PM ET
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Boston needs a deep bullpen because their starters will make it a necessity.

still got Atchinson and Padilla to sign and the way the Skankees punked out on their guys(i.e. Swisher>CLE, same other chumps from pen) Jays got old w/ newer names. Thats all thats about.

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December 23, 2012  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Hanrahan. Bailey. Bard. Melancon. Aceves. The Sox need to establish a pecking order in the bullpen.Cut or trade Aceves, and the others can battle it out.

I know there really high on the Japanese kid Tazawa and they also signed Uehara to a 1 yr deal.

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December 24, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I guess the Andrew Bailey era is over.

It was the best of times... It was the worst of times...

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