The Joel Hanrahan deal to the Red Sox still hasn’t been completed and it may not be done for a few days at least. After a night of suspense that ended with no new confirmed details after 5PM, we have word from Jon Heyman that there are still discussions going on about the final player or two, and the Pirates and Red Sox might not get a deal done until after Christmas. Boston reliever Mark Melancon is still a strong possibility to be included in the deal, but that has not been confirmed yet. We will update this article if anything new comes in throughout the day.
Word is, still some discussion about final player or 2 in hanrahan deal. Not expected to derail it, but may delay past xmas
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 23, 2012
Tim has posted his thoughts on what we know so far. That can be read here.
3:19pm For what it’s worth, multiple sources are saying Mark Melancon has said that he has not been told he is part of the trade. That could just be due to the fact nothing has been finalized.
3:24pm Well this should put an end to all the suspense for the day. MLB.com writer Evan Drellich says that sources have told him that the trade won’t be done until after Christmas, confirming Jon Heyman’s previous tweet. If anything changes on that front, we will have an update.
Joel Hanrahan trade between Red Sox and Pirates won't be done until after Christmas, source says. Confirms @JonHeymanCBS from earlier
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) December 23, 2012