Need a closer? Joel Hanrahan is available. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been shopping Hanrahan who saved 36 games last season.
Hanrahan pitched well for the Pirates finishing with a 2.72 ERA and a 67/36 K/BB ratio last season. He made $4.1 million in 2012 and will get a raise over the winter in his last year of arbitration-eligibility.
One team who has spoken to the Pirates about Hanrahan is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are actively pursuing a few different starting pitchers and would need to trade one member of their current roster. The name discussed with the Pirates is Chris Capuano. Capuano was 12-12 for the Dodgers last season making 33 starts and had a 3.72 ERA. The Pirates are also speaking to additional teams.
Hanrahan was a All-Star last season.
The Pirates remain active in trying to re-sign Jason Grilli. Reports have stated that Grilli has drawn some interest as a closer for next season. In ten big league seasons Grilli has saved five games.
One player who will not be back with the Pirates next season is Jeff Karstens. Karstens will have to seek a contract on the open market. Last season Karstens had a 3.97 ERA for the Pirates but was due a raise in arbitration after making $3.1 million last season.
Karstens made 15 starts and four apperances out of hte bulklpen for the Pirates last season. He dealt with a variety of of injuries ranging from shoulder, hip and legs, last season.