The deal has been completed and for better or for worse (and I hope for better certainly) former Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Joel Hanrahan is the new Boston Red Sox closer. The multi-player deal with the Bucs was completed the other day. If Hanrahan can perform like he did two seasons ago, the Red Sox could easily get an additional 10 to 12 more wins.
Hanrahan Dominated in 2011
The 2011 MLB Season was a good one for Hanrahan as he allowed just 16 walks over 68.2 innings and struck out 61. His ERA was a diminutive 1.83. In 2012, the massive righthander did not do as well as he walked 36 in 57.2 innings and posted an ERA of 2.72. On the bright side, he struck out 67. So which closer will the Red Sox get? Obviously they want the 2011 version. By the way after this season, Hanrahan will be a free agent.
After the deal was sealed, Hanrahan noted on Twitter, “I’m very excited to be joining the Red Sox and look forward to joining the great history of Boston and making some new history!!!”
I like the attitude!
Along with Hanrahan, Boston got middle infield prospect Brock Holt and the Red Sox sent to the Pirates righthanded reliever Mark Melancon and three minor leaguers: infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr., righthander Stolmy Pimentel and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands. By the way, De Jesus and Sands were two of the five players the Red Sox received when they traded Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August.
Holt was a ninth-round draft pick out of Rice University. The 24-year-old played 24 MLB games for the Pirates in September. During that time he had 65 at-bats and his BA was .292. His minor league numbers are good as Holt hit .322 with Double A Altoona over 102 games and .432 in 24 games for Triple A Indianapolis. In his four-year minor league career he’s hit .317/.381/.427. He’s stroked 11 homers during that time and stolen 49 bases. He’s expected to fill-in off the bench.
Better Times for The Red Sox
Of course, everyone is hoping that better times are ahead for the Red Sox. Hanrahan is a welcome addition but I doubt that the Red Sox have the type of roster they need to compete against the Yankees, Orioles and the new and improved Toronto Blue Jays. They still need more hitting and starting pitching. But that may come with a bit more time.