Analysis: Breaking down Joel Hanrahan trade & why Arguments from both sides are valid

 

ANALYSIS OF THE JOEL HANRAHAN DEAL Argument No. 1: Why this trade can be viewed as a good trade for the Pirates At a time when Joel Hanrahan still had two years of control, Pirates GM Neal Huntington knows that he missed the best chance to get the highest value for Hanrahan last off-season when Hanrahan was coming off a tremendous 2011 campaign, posting a 1.83 ERA, 40 saves and a 61/16 strike to walk ratio. A year later Huntington entered trade talks this off-season with a now 31 year old closer who had just 1 year of control and set to make $6-$7 million due to the arbitration process. To complicate matters for the Pirates, Hanrahan in 2012 had a drop off from 2011, posting a 2.72 ERA and giving up 8 homers (allowed just 1 homer in 2011) in 59 2/3 innings. Hanrahan’s homers per nine jumped fromRead More »