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Dodgers and Red Sox showing interest in Joel Hanrahan

Dec 19, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of has the scoop:

The Dodgers are showing interest in Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, but they have a little company. The Red Sox are said to have an interest as well.

The Bucs would presumably want a starting pitcher (or multiple starting pitchers) in return, which makes the Dodgers a nice fit because they’re looking to unload both Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.

Hanrahan boasts a spectacular 2.24 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 in 128 1/3 innings since the start of the 2011 season and has converted 76 saves in 84 opportunities for the Pirates during that span.

The 31-year-old is entering his third and final season of arbitration-eligibility. He made $4.1 million in 2012.

Jason Grilli would probably take over ninth-inning duties in Pittsburgh if Hanrahan is dealt this winter.

  1. verlandersrightarm - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if the Tigers traded Porcello for Hanrahan. Then that would leave Boras scrambling.

    • magicrat13 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      i would also like to get porcello for hanrahan…though reports are saying the tigers are not interested in hanny….need a solid #4 plus a young minor leaguer in return for hanny imho…

  2. Glenn - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    The Sox bullpen already looks like their only strength, so I bet it doesn’t happen for them.

  3. willclarkgameface - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    How can the Red Sox be interested in this guy? He’s not old. He’s not necessarily washed up. He’s not regularly injured. I just don’t get it.

    Go to LA Joel where you’ll have a chance to win in the next 3 years.

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Ruben Amaro is talking to his scouting department to assure that they can draft the stud prospect to trade for Hanrahan in 2017

  5. bmoreballers - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Who aren’t the dodgers and Red Sox interested in?

  6. temporarilyexiled - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    This would be the one move that’d actually get me worried about my team repeating in the NL West.

  7. thinman61 - Dec 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    This Sox fan would totally pass on Hanrahan. There’s every reason (BB/9, BABIP) to suspect his 2012 ERA was a mirage, and no reason to think it would be repeatable in the AL East.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Cannot say the man’s name without thinking of Paul Newnam as Reggie Dunlap in “Slap Shot”


  9. nderdog - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I hate this move for Pittsburgh. Grilli is a solid middle reliever, but he’s no closer. He just doesn’t handle the pressure well.

  10. hoopmatch - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I’d like to see the Dodgers get him. Then we can look forward to the fateful game when LA and Cincinnati have a game and Hanrahan faces Hannahan.

  11. tonyz6060chevy - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Capuano Go for this guy,Both Capuano and Harang were siged as long shots to make the team last year anyway,remainents of the penney pinching McCheap era, both had so,so seasons, I think Harang is a little bit better than Capuano!

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