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The Pirates are shopping Joel Hanrahan

Dec 1, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

Joel Hanrahan has been a quality closer for the Pirates for the past two seasons, but he’s about to get another raise in arbitration and can become a free agent next offseason. With that in mind, ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the Pirates are currently trying to gauge his trade value.

Hanrahan is coming off an odd season in which he posted a 2.72 ERA, 36 saves and a 67 strikeouts over 59 2/3 innings, but he also averaged 5.4 BB/9, up from 2.7 BB/9 over the previous two seasons. The 31-year-old right-hander made $4.1 million in 2012 and will likely see his salary rise to the $6-7 million range next season.

Capuano would be a nice addition to the Pirates’ rotation, as he has a solid 4.12 ERA over the past two seasons, but he’s also set to become a free agent after 2013. You’d like to think the Pirates could get more for Hanrahan, or at least someone who could contribute beyond next season. Signing Russell Martin and dealing Hanrahan would send mixed messages to the fanbase, so I doubt this would be a real possibility unless the Pirates are able to bring back Jason Grilli, who FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday is drawing some interest as a closer.

  1. csilojohnson - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Come on Pirates. Do something for the Fans for once. Give me a reason to care about baseball.

  2. danaking - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Hanrahan has a better track record than Grilli, and is several years younger. If they’re going to trade Hanrahan, they need to get more than Capuano for him. He’s a solid starter and may love pitching in PNC, but he’s only ours for this year. Isn’t Hanrahan under team control through 2014?

  3. motherscratcher23 - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    The guy’s a pederast. Always buckin’ for promotion.

  4. hoopmatch - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    This dude should be on a team with Jack Hannahan.

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