Red Sox Land Hanrahan, Will Close In 2013

December 26, 2012 11:56 AM
Red Sox Land Hanrahan, Will Close In 2013
" BOSTON (CBS) –  The Boston Red Sox have completed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for closer Joel Hanrahan, the team announced on Wednesday.

In a conference call with the Boston media, Red Sox assistant GM Brian O’Halloran said that manager John Farrell has already told Hanrahan he will be the team’s closer for the 2013 season, with Andrew Bailey serving as a set-up man.

The 31-year-old Hanrahan has been one of the best closers in baseball over the last two seasons, saving 76 games to go with his 2.74 ERA. In that span, he’s struck out 128 batters while holding opponents to a .205 batting average. Over his six-year Major League career with the Nationals (2007-09) and Pirates (2009-12), Hanrahan has 436 strikeouts over 397.1 innings of work, compiling a 22-17 record with 96 saves and a 3.74 ERA.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Red Sox and look forward to joining the great history of Boston and making some new history!!!” Hanrahan tweeted shortly after the trade was announced.

Hanrahan made $4,135,000 this year and is eligible for arbitration and is in line for a hefty raise. He will also be a free agent following the 2013 season "

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