Hanrahan had 40 saves in his first full season as a closer with the Pirates.
If there's one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates have had success adding players over the last few years, it's been the bullpen. That was seen in 2011 with the makeup of the top performers in the bullpen. The 2011 pen was made up of mostly outside acquisitions from the past few years, most of those coming from low cost moves.
Top closer Joel Hanrahan was acquired in a trade, along with Lastings Milledge, in exchange for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett. The trade was originally a swap of Morgan and Milledge, with the Hanrahan for Burnett swap added to even the deal in Washington's favor. Hanrahan had a breakout year in 2011, with a 1.83 ERA in 68.2 innings, and 40 saves.
Jose Veras, who led the bullpen with 79 appearances, was a free agent signing, joining the Pirates for $1 M. Veras spent some time in the late innings, putting up a 3.80 ERA in 71 innings this year, with a very impressive 79:34 K/BB...
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