Pirates Continue to Discuss Trading Hanrahan

Prior to signing Jason Grilli, there were rumors that the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Joel Hanrahan. After the signing of Grilli, a Hanrahan deal only made more sense. Jayson Stark reports that the team continues to talk about dealing Hanrahan after the signing.

I’ve seen the Dodgers and Tigers mentioned many times as potential matches. That’s a key term here, as Stark isn’t saying the Dodgers and Tigers have talked with the Pirates. So far we’ve heard a rumor that the Pirates and Dodgers have discussed Hanrahan, but nothing about the Tigers outside of connecting the dots.

UPDATE 4:04 PM: John Perrotto has two updates on Twitter.

I wrote last night about Hanrahan’s value. It’s basically the same as Capuano’s, so I don’t see how the Pirates could get another player. Then again, they did get James McDonald from the Dodgers for Octavio Dotel, who the Dodgers traded for next to nothing about a month later.

Boesch wouldn’t make sense for the Pirates, since they’ve got Starling Marte, Travis Snider, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley. He might be better than Tabata or Presley, but he’d just be another unknown in a crowded group, and wouldn’t represent any upgrade to the team.

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