Earlier today, Rob Biertempfel had a note about two American League teams who said no thanks to trading for Joel Hanrahan. Biertempfel follows that up with a good rundown of Hanrahan's trade market.
He notes that the Pirates have been shopping Hanrahan for several weeks now. He also mentions that one scout was "shocked" at how low the initial asking price was for the closer. If the Pirates dealt Hanrahan quickly, Biertempfel says it could put them in better position to sign Jason Grilli as a replacement.
I'm a bit surprised by the "low asking price" comment. You'd think the price would start off high. I pointed out in my Winter Meetings preview that Hanrahan's value is low. If teams are saying no thanks to dealing for him, that's a sign that other teams view him the same way. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that the asking price is low....
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