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Red Sox bid for a closer

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates and Red Sox were close Saturday to completing a trade that would send All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston for four prospects.

Pittsburgh would ship Hanrahan and another player to the Red Sox in exchange for players including outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands and minor-league right-hander Stolmy Pimentel.

Hanrahan, 31, has 76 saves the past two seasons and made the NL All-Star team in both.

This is the second straight offseason Boston has traded for a closer, after picking up right-hander Andrew Bailey from the A's for a package that included outfielder Josh Reddick, who hit 32 homers for Oakland this year. Bailey missed most of the season with a right thumb injury and posted a 7.04 ERA in 19 games.

EX-PLAYER COMMITS SUICIDE: Former utilityman Ryan Freel was found dead in his Jacksonville home from what authorities said was a self-inflicted shotgun blast. Freel, 36, played for five teams from 2001-09 and spent the 2002 season with the Rays' Triple-A Durham team. He was married and had a daughter.

D'BACKS ADD ROSS: Outfielder Cody Ross agreed to a three-year contract with the Diamondbacks, the Associated Press reported. Ross, who turns 32 today, batted .267 with a .326 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage in 130 games last season with the Red Sox.

ANOTHER CHANCE: Adam Greenberg, 31, who returned to the majors for one at-bat in October more than seven years after he was beaned in his debut, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles.

IBANEZ RETURNS: Outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez and the Mariners agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. Ibanez, 40, spent his first five seasons with Seattle.

Red Sox bid for a closer 12/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:18pm]
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