Red Sox finalize deal for reliever Hanrahan

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN
Posted Dec. 26, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.

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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