Friday, January 18, 2013

Hanrahan Avoids Arbitration, Signs For $7.04M

Elise Amendola
Boston's new closer, Joel Hanrahan, has agreed to a one-year, $7.04 million contract—avoiding arbitration. Over the last two seasons, Hanrahan has saved 76 games and compiled an ERA of 2.24. The Sox are counting heavily on Hanrahan, as former closer Andrew Bailey has been a disappointment due to both injury and poor performance. Hopefully, John Farrell can arrest the disturbing trend that Hanrahan exhibited last year—with his walk rate skyrocketing over what it was in 2011.