Pirates, Joel Hanrahan Agree to One Year Deal

The Pirates and Hanrahan have agreed to a one year deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Joel Hanrahan have agreed to a one year deal, avoiding arbitration, according to Rocco DeMaro on Twitter.  No word yet on the amount of the deal.  I had estimated $2 M on the 40-man roster/payroll projection page.

The market for relievers has been high this off-season, and that only strengthened today when Heath Bell and Matt Capps each received over $7 M to avoid arbitration.  Capps and Bell would have each been in their final years of arbitration, which explains the high price.

I’ll update this post when more details are announced.

UPDATE 4:55 PM: Colin Dunlap tweets that the Pirates’ deal with Hanrahan is for $1.4 M.  That’s $600,000 less than I projected.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is now updated.  The projected payroll is now just under $40 M.

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