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Now is the Time to Deal Hanrahan

The Pirates are looking to be buyers for the second year in a row at the trade deadline. And that is absolutely what should happen; we should make moves to acquire upgrades at the major league level in the lineup and/or starting rotation. However, while the team may be capable of swinging a deal similar to last year's Derrek Lee deal, in which they eat salary, get an upgrade, and don't give up any real prospects in return, it isn't very likely. This year isn't very loaded with deadline sellers who have many bats available, and those that are (like Chase Headley) are likely to be expensive in terms of return expected. Maybe one possibility is Vernon Wells, but he isn't even an upgrade at this point. The point being, the Bucs will probably need to give up something real from the farm system (a top 7 prospect) in order to get something real in return at the ML level. Most fans are not too excited about that idea. But what if we supplanted whoever we give up with a replacement prospect or two? Teams don't have to be either buyers or sellers: they can be both. So what if the Pirates got a good player like Chase Headley or Matt Garza by giving away Alen Hanson or Luis Heredia and a few lesser prospects, but then replenished the farm system by trading away Joel Hanrahan for a highly touted prospect? We have a ridiculous amount of bullpen depth, to the point that guys like Chris Leroux, Daniel McCutchen, Bryan Morris, Doug Slaten and Evan Meek are having little to no shot of cracking the ML squad despite dominating performances in AAA and overall decent big league track records in some cases. We're even DFAing previous prospects like Danny Moskos because there's just no place to put them. We have the number 2 bullpen ERA in baseball and can afford to be a little bit worse if it will help improve another area without sacrificing the farm system. Hanrahan's value only decreases the longer we keep him. If we sell high on him now to a contender with a shallow bullpen, we'll get the highest return possible on a guy who I doubt we'll keep after this season anyway. He's been a little shaky lately and his velocity's been down a bit, I don't think the team would be that much worse off giving Grilli the closer role and calling up a Bryan Morris type. In return, we'd have the freedom to make a move for a really strong upgrade in an area of greater need and less depth.


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