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First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Future With the Pirates

First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Future With the Pirates

If Jason Grilli is signed, will Joel Hanrahan get traded?

The MLB Winter Meetings wrapped up today with a nice summary of how the entire meetings went. The Pirates didn't take anyone in the Rule 5 draft, sent Kyle Kaminska to the Red Sox to complete the Zach Stewart trade, and one of the biggest stories in baseball was whether Jason Grilli had signed.

I like Jason Grilli. I think he's a great pitcher. But when one of the biggest topics on the final day is where a relief pitcher will end up, that's a sign of a slow week. It was a slow week. I saw someone mention that only two teams took the stage this week -- the Mets to talk about David Wright's deal, and the Yankees to talk about Alex Rodriguez's injury. The top free agents -- Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, and more -- are still unsigned. The rumored three or four team deal involving Justin Upton seems like it's more about the novelty of having a three or four team deal. This has to be one of the slowest winter meet...

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