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Why the Joel Hanrahan Trade is a Good Move

Why the Joel Hanrahan Trade is a Good Move

The Joel Hanrahan trade was completed today, with Hanrahan and Brock Holt going to Boston. The Pirates received four players in the trade: Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. Here are my thoughts on each player in the deal, and the overall trade.
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Joel Hanrahan - Hanrahan is a great reliever. However, I'm not a believer in small market teams paying relief pitchers this much. He'd be making about $7 M in 2013, which is about 10% of the payroll. Call it a salary dump if you want, but that doesn't mean dealing him and cutting that salary is a bad decision. That money could be better spent elsewhere, rather than having $7 M in payroll tied up to a guy who pitches one inning, and only when the team is winning in the 9th by three runs or less. Han...

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