Hanrahan could be announced as the closer this week.
Yesterday I reviewed the battle for the fifth starter spot, noting that I saw it as a battle between Charlie Morton and Scott Olsen. As reader "BLZR" pointed out in the comments, that's pretty much the approach the Pirates will be taking this Spring, according to pitching coach Ray Searage. My guess is that the loser of the battle between Morton and Olsen will take one of the open bullpen spots. But what about the other spots?
I've gone over the bullpen in the past, including this article in early January. A little bit has changed since that article, with Joe Beimel and Jose Veras being added to minor league deals. However, not much has changed with the projected bullpen from the end of the article.
The locks for the 2011 bullpen would appear to be Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens, due to a combination of salaries and performances. The Pirates will make a decision on the closer battle between Me...
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