I'm surprised no one has mentioned it in the wake of Mariano Rivera's season-ending knee injury, but we now find ourselves in a landscape where the Yankees and Red Sox are both desperate for a closer. And happily enough, we just happen to have one of the better ones in the game.
Obviously Hanrahan is an important part of this Pirate, and without him our chances of a winning season almost certainly dwindle from slim to none. But as has been mentioned repeatedly in this forum, relievers are, if not overrated, at least a luxury a building club can't afford. The Pirates aren't going to win the World Series this year with or without him. And beyond that. we can't afford what it will take in arbitration to keep him.
What better time to make a deal than when the Yankees and Red Sox both need something we have and can bid the price up in hopes of keeping that commodity from the other?
I don't think the Sox would part with Iglesias under any circumstances, but does anyone know if the Yankees have a promising shortstop prospect down on the farm being blocked by Jeter?
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