Comments on: Pirates Trade Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to the Red Sox Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:50:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Wilfredo Lopez Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:07:03 +0000 good trade for the pirates, melancon becomes the 8 inning guy and can have a nice bounce back year, sands adds power and de jesus will stick as a utility guy, pirates next move is to trade tabata, so sands can become the platoon guy with snider imo.

By: Kevin Creagh Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:44:07 +0000 Getting Melancon with his 4 years of control for Hanrahan’s 1 year of control is a nice trade off. Melancon’s has had a successful cut fastball and curve in the past. Even though he closed for the Astros, he’ll probably be the setup man for the next 2 years under Grilli (unless Grilli falters).

I think Sands is a Quad A slugger, albeit one with more interest than Clint Robinson, and Dejesus will not be much of anything. Pimentel could be interesting, as age is still on his side, but I suspect he will be a reliever if he makes the majors at all.

Overall, this trade has the potential for a slight edge to the Pirates IF Melancon regains his form.

Hanrahan served his purpose for the Pirates, but you can’t get attached to relievers if you follow a small-revenue team like the Pirates.

By: swartnp7 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:15:28 +0000 I’m pleased overall with this deal. There is a lot of upside on our end of it. Stinks to see them go, but I’m glad it was Brock and not something rediculous like Jones.

On a completely unrelated note, my wife gave me an official McCutchen jersey for Christmas. I must have been good this year. :)
She is from Detroit, I got her a Lions jersey…she wanted a Jason Hanson one!

By: Lee Young Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:49:20 +0000 From a Bosox blogger (Charlie W’s counterpart):

Fairly certain you guys win this one.

Frankly, Melancon – Hanrahan seems like a Pirates win straight-up given the contract situations and their various question marks. Sands is an interesting guy, too.

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By: Lee Young Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:47:13 +0000 Hanny was good people, too!

By: La Pirate Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:32:31 +0000 This is a solid trade for both teams. Holt was blocked by Walker who I expect the Pirates will sign long term extension. Melanson is a good reliever, he always seemed to pitch well against the Pirates when he was with the Stros. I expect him to be a solid addition to the relief corp. No one can accuse the Pirates of standing still this offseason and I still expect some additional moves given the outfield and first base logjams.

By: wkkortas Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:29:08 +0000 Obviously, the Bucs waited too long to part with Hanrahan, but this is a decent return, especially if Pimentel turns out to be a successful reclamation project.

By: Spazaru Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:23:25 +0000 Brock may never be a superstar but how could you root against a guy whose twitter byline is “I’m nice to people”? I really wish they’d sent someone else.

By: Lee Young Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:10:12 +0000 raded a reliever and got a good one (I think) in return.

I think he is our new setup or 7th inning guy.

Pimenta and Sands are ‘lightning in a bottle’ guys and DeJesus is a utility candidate.

I wonder if this means Mercer spends the year at AAA?

Obviously we were never gonna get Porcello.

I like this better than one year of Capuano.


By: Lee Young Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:42:09 +0000 Great news!


My Christmas is complete

My Pirates Prospects book showed up today!!!!!

Who cares if it is snowing like heck outside. I ain’t leaving my recliner for hours!