Throughout most of the off-season, it seemed inevitable that the Pittsburgh Pirates would trade Joel Hanrahan. There also seemed to be a strong possibility that Garrett Jones could be traded. In both cases we heard plenty of rumors about each player. Both players were due for a raise in arbitration. There was a good reason behind the idea of a trade for each player. But that didn't mean they were both guaranteed to be traded.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had an update on Jones recently.
The Red Sox and Pirates never got deep into discussions of first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones during the Joel Hanrahan trade talks because, according to a major league source, “The Pirates really valued Jones highly.” Jones seemed to be a good fit for the Sox.
A Hanrahan trade made sense. The Pirates didn't have a history of paying closers. It could also be argued that a small market team spending 10% of their payroll on a closer is a bad strategy. It was hard to envision Hanrahan remaining...
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