Report: Red Sox and Pirates agree to Hanrahan trade


Report: Red Sox and Pirates agree to Hanrahan trade

UPDATE: Saturday 10:15p - According to Gordon Edes, Mark Melancon could also be included in the trade for Joel Hanrahan.

Melancon recorded a 6.20 ERA in 45 relief innings with the Red Sox last year.

Saturday 4:35 - According to Jim Bowden, the Red Sox and Pirates have agreed on a deal.

Joel Hanrahan will head to the Red Sox, while Jerry Sands and pitching prospect Stolmy Pimentel will head to Pittsburgh.

Sands was acquired from Los Angeles in the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers.

In two seasons with the Dodgers, Sands hit .244 with 4 home runs and 27 RBI.

As for Pimentel, he spent the past two seasons in Double-A Portland where he went 6-16 with a 5.96 ERA in 166 innings.

Saturday 4:10 - According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Red Sox and Pirates are finalizing the deal that would send Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox.

Jerry Sands will, in fact, be part of the deal as Jon Heyman reported earlier in the day.

Saturday 3:50pm - Jerry Sands could be part of the deal, according to Jon Heyman.

Saturday 2:25pm - Jim Bowden revealed that the Red Sox would not include Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes, Jackie Bradley, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa in a possible Hanrahan deal.

Additionally, Jon Heyman reported that Jose Iglesias is not part of the Red Sox current offer.

Saturday 1:12 - More bullpen help may be on the way for the Red Sox.

According to Gordon Edes, the Red Sox are close to a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that would bring Joel Hanrahan to Boston.

Hanrahan has saved 76 games for the Pirates over the past two seasons.

Also according to Edes, one official has reported that there is "still work to be done" in a possible deal.

The Pirates have previously shown interest in Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias as part of any package for Hanrahan.

More to come...

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'


Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim


"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.


* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.


1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start


First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two fly outs to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver