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First Pitch: An Incomplete Observation on an Incomplete Trade

First Pitch: An Incomplete Observation on an Incomplete Trade

For some reason, the Pirates can't make a move involving a relief pitcher without the deal dragging on unnecessarily for days. We first heard that Jason Grilli had signed on the final day of the winter meetings. Then we heard he didn't sign yet. Then he did. Then he didn't. Then a week later he signed for real.

Now we've got a Joel Hanrahan trade. The floodgate of rumors opened today, and quickly we learned that Joel Hanrahan was being traded to the Boston Red Sox, with Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel coming back to the Pirates. After that we learned that the deal wasn't done, and that three more players were involved -- one from Pittsburgh and two from Boston. And that's where we're at right now.

It's impossible to evaluate a deal that isn't complete. It kind of comes across with a ...

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