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Red Sox avoid arbitration with new closer Joel Hanrahan

Jan 18, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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Joel Hanrahan, who the Red Sox acquired from the Pirates last month, has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.04 million.

This was Hanrahan’s final year of arbitration eligibility and so he’ll be a free agent next offseason, which along with the high price tag and Jason Grilli‘s emergence played a part in Pittsburgh looking to trade him. He made $4.1 million in 2012.

Manager John Farrell has already said that Hanrahan, not Andrew Bailey, will begin the season as the Red Sox’s closer. Hanrahan saved 36 games last season and 40 games in 2011, throwing a combined 128 innings with a 2.24 ERA and 128/52 K/BB ratio.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    That seems like a lot of money for a guy who only has 2 years closing experience and that in the NL Central Division. He really took a step in Pittsburgh last year with his strikeout to walk ratio going from 3.81 in 2011 to 1.86 in 2012. And his ERA jumped by nearly a full point. But I guess when your only other options for closer are Bailey and Bard you have to roll the dice so to speak.

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I thank hammer for his awesome service, but…

    the buccos did well to get rid of hammer (and get SOME return) while they could.

  3. agc99 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Anyone making over the minimum wage is too much for the Pirates. No commitment to putting a winning team on the field. I’ve been a Pirate fan for over 40 years and since 1992 it’s all been down hill. You have to pay and keep your good players.

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