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First Pitch: Hanrahan a Recent Example of Why You Sell High on Relievers

First Pitch: Hanrahan a Recent Example of Why You Sell High on Relievers

Joel Hanrahan has been removed as the Red Sox closer.

Back when the Joel Hanrahan trade happened, there were a lot of complaints that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't get enough in return and should have held on to Hanrahan until the trade deadline to get a better return.

Today, after a rough start with Boston, and after a trip to the disabled list with hamstring problems, Hanrahan was activated. Only he wasn't activated as the closer. Instead, Andrew Bailey remained in the role.

It's impossible to say whether the same events would have happened with the Pirates. However, this is a reminder of how volatile the value of relievers can be, and why the Pirates were smart to deal Hanrahan when they did. Of course you can't say that without also noting that they would have been smarter to ...

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