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12-10-2012, 06:21 PM
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I'm happy with it. I don't like the idea of giving longer deals to relief pitchers, or paying them too much. They're so easily replaceable and the Pirates have been able to consistently find gems in the rough under Huntington (such as Grilli himself, who was signed away from Philadelphia's AAA team mid-season 2010). Grilli is a 36 year-old power pitcher, too...

Hanrahan is a superior pitcher to Grilli...but Hanrahan will get ~$7 million via arbitration this year, less than Grilli will get for two seasons, and then he's off to free agency. Grilli should be a fine bridge at closer until one of the youngsters is ready to take the job. It's just unfortunate that the Pirates couldn't trade Hanrahan at the deadline last year because of being right in the thick of things before falling off the cliff after the deadline. Hanrahan's value today is probably half of what it was in July.

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