Mark Melancon was a huge steal in the Joel Hanrahan trade last off-season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went down early with a season ending injury. He will be a free agent this off-season. Melancon put up a 1.39 ERA in 71 innings, and is under control for the next three years.
Sands was disappointing. De Jesus had a good season but looks like infield depth. Pimentel had a great season, looking like he could be a major league starting option for the next six years. But Melancon alone made the trade a win.
It wasn't just the Hanrahan trade. The Pirates brought back Jason Grilli and gave him the closer's role, despite no experience pitching in the ninth inning. The pair ...
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