There’s not a GM in the Majors who believes in selling high on players more than Pirates GM Neal Huntington. Huntington is also a GM who believes you can rebuild a bullpen on a year to year basis, which he’s done successfully the past couple seasons.
If the Pirates are out of the playoff mix next month, will Huntington sell high on 29 year old closer Joel Hanrahan?
Hanrahan, 29, has been lights out for the Pirates in the closer role, going 16-for-16 in save opportunities. Hanrahan has a 1.52 ERA in 29 2/3 innings pitched along with 27 strikeouts.
Going into Sunday’s game, Hanrahan has pitched 9 straight shutout innings. The last time he has surrendered a run was on May 19.
Making just $1.4 million in 2011, the Pirates are already getting calls from contenders about the services of Hanrahan.
Neal Huntington on trading Hanrahan: “Nobody is an untouchable, ” Huntington said today during his weekly media scrum.
“We believe were moving forward as an organization and hopefully Joel is here for a longtime, ” Huntington later added.