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What Jerry Sands and Mark Melancon bring to the Pirates

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01:20 PM ET 12.27 | The Pittsburgh Pirates' latest salary dump that sent Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox could work out better than it initially looks on paper. Make no mistake about it, this was a salary dump, but it could end up being a 6-for-2 swap when all is said and done. In addition to acquiring Jerry Sands, Ivan DeJesus, Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel from the Boston Red Sox, the Pirates were able to sign Francisco Liriano with some of the $7 million due to Hanrahan and likely will be able to sign another cheap piece that can hopefully help them in 2013. However it will be Sands and Melancon that will determine the fate of this deal in the short-term.

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December 27, 2012  10:59 PM ET

Twenty consecutive losing seasons and counting.

December 28, 2012  05:26 AM ET

When will the salary dumps end in Pittsburgh???

December 28, 2012  07:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When will the salary dumps end in Pittsburgh???

When the owners quit making money buy loosing.

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December 28, 2012  12:19 PM ET

I give up...what do they bring to the Pirates?

December 28, 2012  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

When the owners quit making money buy loosing.

and those stingy owners would miss the yankees shares too bad for them though,,,,

December 28, 2012  01:22 PM ET

I grew up and played ball with Jerry Sands in Smithfield NC. Noone I know works as hard as he does. He is tough, talented and has good morals. I look forward to seeing him to big things when given the opportunity

December 28, 2012  03:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I give up...what do they bring to the Pirates?

They add a little depth at a price the Pirates can afford. I think...

December 29, 2012  07:05 AM ET

They offer nothing which is why they are playing for the Pirates.

December 29, 2012  11:28 PM ET
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Melancon will be the closer by June. 33 saves, boys.

I hope so.

 
December 29, 2012  11:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Melancon will be the closer by June. 33 saves, boys.

From your mouth (email) to God's ear! Let's hope so, I will be a Spring Training this year, will look hard.

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