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3 Ways Red Sox's Joel Hanrahan Trade Will Impact Bullpen in 2013

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3 Ways Red Sox's Joel Hanrahan Trade Will Impact Bullpen in 2013
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Joel Hanrahan will try to stop the bleeding at the end of the Red Sox bullpen in 2013.

The Boston Red Sox are close to acquiring closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates, looking to improve one of the American League’s worst bullpens.

As first reported by CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox will receive Hanrahan and a player to be named later in exchange for outfielder Jerry Sands, right-hander Stolmy Pimentel and two other unnamed players. 

Boston needs a proven closer to ensure that it does not, once again, lead the league in blown saves. The Red Sox finished tied with the Los Angeles Angels with 22 blown saves last season. 

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, avoids giving Hanrahan a hefty raise in 2013 via salary arbitration. The Pirates also ensured that they got some compensation for Hanrahan, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

The Red Sox did not surrender any players that would were part of the team’s immediate or long-term future, so it’s hard to be negative about the trade. Here is a more in-depth look at how the Hanrahan trade impacts Boston’s bullpen next season.

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