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Hanrahan trade signals message from Red Sox

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08:14 AM ET 12.25 | As the offseason dawned, the Red Sox appeared, after a dispiriting 2012 season, reluctant to go all-in on win-now moves. Thus, if the team was to make deals involving key prospects, the Sox front office planned to target players who would be under the team's control for multiple seasons. ... [The not-et-finalized agreement] with the Pirates to acquire closer Joel Hanrahan, at least at first glance, appears to be a somewhat fascinating departure from that model. ... If this was a trade foremost about landing Hanrahan, then it came with a message: The Sox believe that they have a legitimate chance at contending in 2013, something that they're demonstrating with actions rather than platitudes. Hanrahan is as much a win-now acquisition as one can concoct.

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December 25, 2012  09:01 AM ET

"Hanrahan is as much a win-now acquisition as one can concoct."

Or else it is a sign that the Sox have soured on Bailey a little.

December 25, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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"Hanrahan is as much a win-now acquisition as one can concoct."Or else it is a sign that the Sox have soured on Bailey a little.

I never liked Bailey from the start. I much prefer a power closer. This is a great pickup, considering they gave up no top prospects to get him.

December 25, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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I never liked Bailey from the start. I much prefer a power closer. This is a great pickup, considering they gave up no top prospects to get him.

I agree - solid move by the Sox and they gave up very little. It looks like this is also a salary dump by Pittsburgh since Hanrahan is about to enter his final year of arbitration and stands to get a big raise from the $4.1 mil he earned last year.

December 25, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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I agree - solid move by the Sox and they gave up very little. It looks like this is also a salary dump by Pittsburgh since Hanrahan is about to enter his final year of arbitration and stands to get a big raise from the $4.1 mil he earned last year.

i'm surprised a team like the Tigers or Angels who need a closer didn't jump on the chance to land this guy.

December 25, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Picking up 1 closing pitcher signals the Bosox think they're in it to win it? Interesting take

December 25, 2012  11:43 AM ET

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all you Sox and yes Yankee fans too ...

ok, ok ... all baseball fans ... even the Angels ... :o

December 25, 2012  11:43 AM ET

the team got a a very good pick up in this player, ever since they lose their regular closer to the phillies the red sox couldn't match any pitcher to close games,,,,

December 25, 2012  11:44 AM ET

now the red sox would need to workout a deal with any top major league hitter in the first base,,,,,

December 25, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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MERRY CHRISTMAS to all you Sox and yes Yankee fans too ... ok, ok ... all baseball fans ... even the Angels ... :o

MERRY CRITSMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to every single fan, the young fans the old fans and the baby fans,,

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December 25, 2012  12:07 PM ET
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...and that starter needs to be named Kershaw or Verlander. Just saying...

Koufax or Marichal

December 25, 2012  12:12 PM ET

they sure are signing everyone and anyone

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December 25, 2012  05:10 PM ET

well, things could be much different next season for lackey i think he would be a more centered pitcher though,,

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December 26, 2012  03:08 AM ET
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well, things could be much different next season for lackey i think he would be a more centered pitcher though,,

No sorry, Alacran, best policy is right: Lackey sucks and the Red Sox are stuck with him.

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December 26, 2012  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I agree - solid move by the Sox and they gave up very little. It looks like this is also a salary dump by Pittsburgh since Hanrahan is about to enter his final year of arbitration and stands to get a big raise from the $4.1 mil he earned last year.

It looks like the bullpen will be the strength of the Red Sox pitching staff in 2013.

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