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First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value and Jason Grilli’s Contract

First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value and Jason Grilli’s Contract

Last Thursday I wrote about Joel Hanrahan's future with the team if the Pirates were to sign Jason Grilli. The Pirates signed Grilli today to a two-year, $6.75 M deal. Hanrahan is projected to make about $7 M in arbitration, which means the Pirates would be spending a little over $10 M on two relievers if they kept Hanrahan around.

I've said most of the off-season that I think Hanrahan will be dealt. Part of that is because I don't think the Pirates will spend that much money on a closer. The Pirates would be giving Hanrahan 10% of their payroll at $70 M. No team should be paying that big of a percentage of their payroll for a closer. With all of the rumors we've heard about Hanrahan over the last few weeks, it wouldn't be a surprise if the closer is traded.

The Pirates lost a lot of trade value with Hanrahan by not trading him a year or two ago. The best time to deal him would have been at the 2011 trade deadline. That would have been difficult to pull off from a PR standpoint. ...

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