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Sources: Red Sox closing in on trade for Pirates closer Hanrahan

In this July 7, 2012, photo, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh. A person familiar with the talks says the Pirates and the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a trade that would send Hanrahan to Boston for a handful of prospects. Pittsburgh would ship Hanrahan and another player to the Red Sox in exchange for four players, (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

In this July 7, 2012, photo, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh. A person familiar with the talks says the Pirates and the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a trade that would send Hanrahan to Boston for a handful of prospects. Pittsburgh would ship Hanrahan and another player to the Red Sox in exchange for four players, (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Sox close on new closer

The Red Sox are on the verge of adding closer Joel Hanrahan in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to multiple sources.

CBSSports.com reported last night that the Red Sox would give up outfielder Jerry Sands, right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and two additional players while also receiving an additional player. ESPN.com reported that Boston reliever Mark Melancon could be part of the package going to the Pirates.

The 31-year-old Hanrahan saved 36 games with a 2.72 ERA for the Pirates last season, striking out 67 in 592∕3 innings. However, he walked 36 batters, all unintentional. In 2011, his first full season as Pittsburgh’s closer, he had 40 saves and a 1.83 ERA, pitching 682∕3 innings with 61 strikeouts and only 16 walks.

Sands, 25, was acquired in last summer’s blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .296 with 26 homers and 107 RBI. In 70 games with the Dodgers over the past two seasons, he hit .244 with four homers and 27 RBI.

Pimentel, 22, has spent six seasons in the Red Sox minor-league system, the last year and a half at Double-A Portland. Last season he went 6-7 with a 4.59 ERA in 22 games (all starts). Overall, he is 39-41 with a 4.37 ERA in 125 games (120 starts).

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