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Closer Joel Hanrahan is a two-time NL All-Star.
Boston Red Sox acquire Joel Hanrahan.
The porous bullpen, which blew 22 saves last season, ought to be much improved.
Hanrahan throws mid-90s heat and limited left-handed batters to a .135 batting average in 2012. He didn't locate well after the All-Star break, but his strikeout rate remained superb. He'll take the ninth-inning job from incumbent close Andrew Bailey.
The 31-year-old has grown a terrific goatee that the Red Sox will get to enjoy until he reaches free agency next winter. He'll earn about $6.9 million for the 2013 season, according to the MLB Trade Rumors arbitration projection model.
In the six-player deal, Boston also receives 24-year-old infielder Brock Holt.
Sources say there are talks with Adam LaRoche.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox could simply end negotiations with Mike Napoli and sign the former Washington Nationals first baseman instead. They agreed to terms with Napoli during the winter meetings, but aren't content with his physical health:
"Sox doctors identified an issue with one of Napoli’s hips during his physical, prompting the team to attempt a “major renegotiation,” sources say."
According to Rosenthal's report, LaRoche has discussed both two-year and three-year possibilities with the club.
In either case, signing him would cost Boston a second-round draft pick. LaRoche declined a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.