Red Sox finalize deal for reliever Hanrahan

Posted Dec. 26, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (left) and catcher Rod Barajas shake hands following their victory over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C, on May 17, 2012.
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Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (left) and catcher Rod Barajas shake hands following their victory over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C, on May 17, 2012.

The Boston Red Sox completed a trade Wednesday for All-Star reliever Joel Hanrahan and a prospect with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Red Sox sent reliever Mark Melancon and minor-league pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands for Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt.

The trade was reported last week and finalized after Christmas by the Red Sox.

Hanrahan, a right-hander, has posted 76 saves and a 2.24 ERA the past two seasons. The save total ranked fourth in the National League during that span. Last season, he had 36 saves and a 2.72 ERA and made the National League All-Star team for the second consecutive year.

The 31-year-old Hanrahan likely will fill a setup role in Boston. He will be a free agent after the 2013 season.

Holt played in 24 games in September for the Pirates and hit .292 after he was called up from Double-A Altoona.

Melancon made 41 relief appearances for the Red Sox and went 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA. Pimentel played for Double-A Portland, and Sands and DeJesus came to Boston in August as part of a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.

Sands has hit 55 home runs in 213 games in Triple-A.

 

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