Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports had the following comment about Pittsburgh Pirates relievers Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek in his column today:
The Pirates are comfortable with their internal options at closer, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan. But one source suggested that Pittsburgh could deal one of the two and sign a replacement.
Dealing one of the two relievers would be a smart move for the Pirates, depending on the return. Both are very high in value, coming off great seasons in 2010. They also might fetch the biggest return for the Pirates, without giving up an important piece on the team. Last month, in my recap of the 2010 bullpen, I mentioned Hanrahan as a "sell high" candidate. Here is the summary:
I wouldn't rule out an eventual trade, specifically with a guy like Hanrahan. If the Pirates could package Hanrahan as part of a deal to get a starting pitching upgrade or a position player upgrade, they should definitely take advantage, provided the player in return is under team ...
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