Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Hanrahan, like most closers, has a finite shelf life. The Pirates are doing the smart thing here, in attempting to get value from a guy who might soon be no more than CoCo Cordero.
Personally, while I wouldn't mind having him, the price is far too much to pay.
Meh. I disagree and already agreed with part of what you said. Hence, my saying "Reds can't afford him".
The article states he's arbitration eligible and that's why Pirates are wanting to unload him, and I'm sure they want to bolster their farm system. And maybe, they've seen the moves the Reds made and are throwing in the towel a little??? Just maybe?
So I agree about it being too much money and they'll want a boatload of prospects surely.
But I disagree about Hanrahan's value. He just turned 31 in October. Hardly an old Cordero, which you compared. His H/9 were the lowest of his career. His K/9 is still pretty consistent. 36 saves last year. 40 the year before. His BB/9 were definitely up. But they've gone up and down throughout his career. When you throw that hard, you're going to have some inconsistency. In summation, I think he's far from finished.
But back to agreeing with you. If the Pirates think they won't compete, no better time than now to get a haul from him. Or they could wait during the season when a contender's closer (like Madson did) goes down with injury.
Basically, he's too expensive for the Reds and would simply be a luxury in the bullpen. And the Pirates aren't going to trade him to the Reds unless they offered something ridiculous like Hamilton. But Hanrahan is far from being finished, barring a sudden injury.