Joel Hanrahan has plenty of time to worry about retiring sluggers in the American League East Division. Right now, he faces more immediate tasks.

"There's a lot of new faces to learn," Hanrahan said. "Unfortunately, the coaches don't always wear name tags."

A deal that sent Hanrahan, 31, to the Boston Red Sox after last season eventually became a when-not-if proposition. Hanrahan was entering his final year of arbitration, making him eligible for a hefty raise. The Pirates re-signed setup man Jason Grilli. And there were the rumors.

"Heck, the Boston rumors started in April last year," Hanrahan said.

So, when the Pirates sent the right-hander to the Red Sox Dec. 26 as part of a six-player trade, Hanrahan was prepared.

"Getting traded wasn't a surprise to me," he said. "I was expecting it."

The Pirates traded Hanrahan and Brock Holt to Boston in exchange for right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and outfielder Jerry Sands. In doing so, they parted with 76 saves over the past two seasons.