Rangers Make Call to Pirates Inquiring About Closer Hanrahan

By Editorial Staff

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal the Rangers have made inquiries to the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding Closer Joel Hanrahan. Here is a snippet from Kenny’s article.

"The Rangers, according to a major league source, have made low-level inquiries on Hanrahan, who is 13 for 13 in save opportunities this season with a 1.66 ERA.Hanrahan, 29, is under club control through 2013. But the Pirates, who entered Sunday only one game under .500, are trying to build momentum and end their streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons, a major league record.If the Pirates were willing to trade Hanrahan at all, it would be for a significant price."

NBC Sports notes that Hanrahan would be inputted in the eighth inning role as we have a solid closer in Feliz. Possibly in 2012 he would take over as the closer, allowing Feliz to join the rotation.

This would be a good move for the Rangers to pick up extra help for the bullpen. Where I would be hesitant is with giving too much up for a relief pitcher. Obviously the Pirates would want Jurickson Profar, Neil Ramirez and/or Martin Perez. Even if it was just one of the three, I’m not sure it’s a good move. Obviously everything here is speculation on my part, we will keep you posted if anything official comes down the wire.