The Joel Hanrahan deal to the Red Sox still hasn't been completed and it may not be done for a few days at least. After a night of suspense that ended with no new confirmed details after 5PM, we have word from Jon Heyman that there are still discussions going on about the final player or two, and the Pirates and Red Sox might not get a deal done until after Christmas. Boston reliever Mark Melancon is still a strong possibility to be included in the deal, but that has not been confirmed yet. We will update this article if anything new comes in throughout the day.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.