Joel Hanrahan, Red Sox: A closer was probably not at the top of the wish list when the Red Sox finished 69-93, but there’s a new look to the back-end of the bullpen with Hanrahan, who had 36 saves and 67 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings for the Pirates last season. Former injury-riddled closer Andrew Bailey, speculated to be on the trading block, will set up Hanrahan. Underwhelming reliever Mark Melancon was also shipped out in the Hanrahan deal.
Mariano Rivera, Yankees: The 43-year-old closer extraordinaire hopes to make a triumphant return to New York after missing 2012 with a torn ACL. The 18-year surefire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer has 608 saves under his belt to go along with a 2.21 career ERA. Will age, and the rigors of attempting a comeback from the leg injury, finally catch up to The Sandman in 2013? The Red Sox sure hope so.
The edge: Yankees. Simply out of respect.