Hanrahan is Boston’s Top Bullpen Target

Yesterday we heard from Jon Heyman that the Boston Red Sox were interested in closer Joel Hanrahan. The latest rumor on Hanrahan comes from the Boston Globe. Nick Cafardo of the Globe reports that Hanrahan “appears to be their top target”. He notes that the Red Sox tried to get Hanrahan in 2010, but couldn’t swing a deal.

Cafardo speculates on some of the names involved, noting that the Red Sox may be willing to give up Franklin Morales or Alfredo Aceves, but that the Pirates could be asking for Felix Doubront, which Cafardo calls a deal breaker. All of that seems to be based more on speculation than actual names being discussed. The Pirates and Red Sox are in similar situations, with both teams looking for starting pitching depth. It would seem unlikely that the Red Sox would budge and give up a valuable starter for Hanrahan, considering that need.

Aceves and Morales each have two years of control remaining. Doubront would be a huge pickup, as he has five years of service time remaining and had a pretty strong year in the rotation last year. For that reason, it would be very unlikely that the Pirates would get Doubront for Hanrahan. And I say that knowing that this is the same team who dealt Josh Reddick and two prospects for Andrew Bailey last year.

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  • emjayinTN

    Tim: Morales or Aceves? Don’t even bother. That would look too much like a “salary dump” such as might have been the case before this management team took over. Aceves was a former Closer of theirs and Bailey spent the year in the minors – he showed promise as a Closer in the Oakland system, but nothing for the BoSox. We found a Catcher, we have a SS through 2013, but we could use another guy in the Rotation – anything short of that and we might as well stay at home.

    On the Detroit side, NH better keep his hands in his pockets, because Dombroski is very adept at picking pockets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      agree….

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      Just saw this:

      His home road splits are incredible!

      Last year Morales’ Home ERA – 5.29, his road ERA – 2.66

      2011 Home ERA – 5.76, Road ERA – 1.27

      PNC?????

      • http://twitter.com/WNCRoadBowling WNCRoadBowling

        Hmm, I wonder where you got those? :)

    • http://twitter.com/WNCRoadBowling WNCRoadBowling

      Personally I don’t really care what it “looks like” if it makes the team better. I think the Pirates could use a solid LHP out of the pen and the fact that he could be used as a swing man is a bonus. His stats the last two years have been hurt but where he plays.

      His home ERA the last two years? 5.76 and 5.29

      His road ERA the last two years? 1.27 and 2.66

      I believe he could be more valuable to the 2013 Pirates than Hanrahan, add in more years of control and the fact you could probably get a prospect on top of it all and I’d do it.

      Obviously it is just speculation at this point but if nothing else it adds more bidders.

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