Red Sox about to trade for closer Hanrahan?

Published On December 23, 2012 | By Kimberly Petalas

Pittsburgh Pirate Joel Hanrahan is up for grabs and the Boston Red Sox will do anything to get him on their team.

In order to make the trade, the Sox are reportedly giving up prospects Stolmy Pimentel and Jerry Sands to make the deal, although nothing has been finalized just yet.

For the last two seasons, the 31-year-old closer did well in Pittsburgh. He has a 3.74 career ERA and 96 saves in six years. 2011 was a good season for Hanrahan, as he had a 1.83 ERA and 61 strikeouts in just under 69 innings. Last season, he recorded 36 saves and a 2.72 ERA and made $4.1 million. He could earn up to $7 million in 2013.

Although the Pirates would like to keep the recently married Hanrahan around, they clearly are open to a trade if it will help them.

“If there’s a deal out there that makes sense, we need to be open to it.”Pirates General Manager Neil Huntington told WEEI. “That said, we’re not going to look to move him, but if somebody comes in and can fill multiple pieces for us or can fill a hole longer term for us, regardless of who it is — take the name off the back of the jersey — we always have to be willing to think about how we fill multiple pieces to be a better team for longer.”

Both teams are looking to fill some holes, and a trade may be in the near future for the Sox and the Pirates.

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.