Red Sox Acquire Hanrahan, Ibanez Signs with Seattle

More sizzle on the Hot Stove this weekend …

First off, the Pirates have traded closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox. The full details of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but most sources say that, at minimum, minor league pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands are going back to Pittsburgh. The Pirates may also get Mark Melancon and may also add another body to the trade.

I’m not completely up to speed on Pittsburgh, other than seeing their various pitching pickups this winter. Can someone please explain why they were so hot to dump their closer — particularly when it seems like they’re building toward a winning season in 2013?

In other news, Raul Ibanez is reportedly returning to Seattle; he signs a one-year, $2.75M contract, with another $1.25M possible via incentives. So, if you thought there was a chance the Mets might sign him to play LF — perhaps as part of a platoon — scratch that.

There is also word that the Astros may be close to signing slugging utilityman Jose Lopez, but the deal is not final. Am I the only one surprised that Lopez still hasn’t reached the age of thirty? In fact he just turned 29 a few weeks ago. Seems like he’s been around forever.

A deal that is sealed, though, is the Marlins’ signing of Placido Polanco. It’s one year and somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.75M. A strange move by the AAA Marlins, though I could see him getting flipped to a contender near the July trade deadline.

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