Pirates Release Craig Hansen

Hansen has been given his release by the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have granted a release to relief pitcher Craig Hansen, Pirates Prospects has learned, after Hansen requested his release.  The Pirates originally acquired him as part of the Jason Bay trade, along with Andy LaRoche, Brandon Moss, and Bryan Morris.  LaRoche, Moss, and Hansen have all been released this off-season.

Hansen started off the 2009 season with the Pirates, but only made five appearances, with a 5.68 ERA in 6.1 innings.  After that he went on the disabled list, and was eventually diagnosed with a rare nerve injury, which has put his future in doubt.  Hansen missed the rest of the 2009 season, and only pitched in 12 games in 2010, most of those at the high-A level.  In those games, he threw 16 innings with a 3.38 ERA.  When I saw him at the end of Spring Training, he was only throwing 88-89 MPH, down from the 93-97 MPH range that made him a first round draft pick in 2005, and a top prospect in the Boston Red Sox system.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • gonfalon

    I can’t say I’m surprised, but I sure hope Bryan Morris (eventually) performs well enough to redeem an otherwise dreadful trade.

  • Anonymous

    hope we can learn from this trade..go quality over quantity..

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