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.
Hanrahan is still learning the ropes with Red Sox
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mar 7