Trading for Joel Hanrahan a few years back has turned out to be a steal. The Hammers numbers are rock solid. Over the past two seasons he has thrown 138 innings while striking out 161 and walking 42. These stats are very similar to that of Jonathon Papelbon.
Now that the Pirates season has come to an end it's time to think about how the Bucs can plug some big holes. The Pirates biggest concern to me is at catcher. Snyder and Doumit are too injury prone to resign, Sanchez isn't ready and McKendry and Jaramillo are not everyday backstops.
So how about trading Hanrahan to Boston for Ryan Lavarnway? This guy tore up AA and AAA this year with 32 hrs and 93 RBI, eventually making it all the way up to the RedSox. Papaelbon is going to want a very rich contract, and the Sox may not be willing to go for this with Lackey and Crawford on the backs of their minds. Joel would be cheap and if Bard didn't work out as closer Hanrahan could assume the role.
Of course the Sox may not be willing to deal Lavarnway but they do have Salttatmaccia, who I would take as well, but they would have to throw in another good prospect if they chose to trade Salty instead. They make this trade and then they can turn their attention to signing a power 1B. I would hate to see the Hammer go, but closers come with alot of uncertainty from year to year, and if we can get an everyday player who can hit and improve this anemic lineup I'm all for it.