Hanrahan was one of the most dominant relievers in the majors in 2010.
This time last year the bullpen was a huge question mark. Closer Matt Capps was coming off a horrible season, and due for his second year of arbitration. Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek had some promise, but neither could really be counted on, as hard as that is to believe now. Meek had decent numbers in 2009, but struggled with a high walk rate. Hanrahan rebounded with the Pirates, but that was only after bombing with the Nationals. Jesse Chavez and Steven Jackson had decent numbers, and both were middle relief options.
Then things started to fall apart. The Pirates non-tendered Capps. They traded Chavez to Tampa Bay in exchange for Akinori Iwamura. They outrighted Jackson to AAA, which wasn't really a huge l...
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