The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have completed a six-player deal that sends closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston.
In exchange for Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt, the Pirates will receive first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands, right-handed pitchers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, and infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr.
Hanhrahan posted a 1.83 earned run average in 2011 and a 2.72 mark last season. He has 76 saves in the last two years, and boasts a career “strikeouts per nine innings” average of 9.9. Holt batted .292 in 24 games with the Pirates in 2012, following a 24-game stint at “AAA” Indianapolis, where he hit .432. Earlier in the year, in 102 games with “AA” Altoona, Holt hit .322.
In “AAA” baseball in 2012, Sands recorded a .296 batting average with 26 home runs and 107 RBIs. Melancon was 0-2 with one save in 41 appearances with the Red Sox in 2012, following 21 games at “AAA” Pawtucket in which he posted eleven saves. Melancon saved 20 games for the Houston Astros in 2011. The 23 year-old Pimentel may now be ready to face “AAA” batters after lowering his ERA from 9.12 in 2011 to 4.59 last season and posting a 6-7 record at “AA” Portland. DeJesus saw only eight big league at-bats in 2012 after hitting .385 in 21 games at Pawtucket and .295 in 60 contests with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ “AAA” affiliate in Albuquerque .