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Sox closing in on Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 22, 2012 04:16 PM

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ESPN's Jim Bowden has reported that the Red Sox and Pirates have finalized a Stolmy Pimental and Jerry Sands for Joel Hanrahan deal.

The teams were talking a Pimental/Sands package and were also trying to expand it further, but so far it appears they've stopped at three players.

Sands was acquired from the Dodgers in the Josh Beckett/Carl Crawford/Adrian Gonzalez deal last August 25th. Pimental was on Boston's 40-man roster and was once considered one of Boston's top pitching prospects.

The Pirates wanted Jose Iglesias but Boston wanted to hold on to the young shortstop.

If Hanrahan winds up in Boston, it would likely mean Andrew Bailey would be a set-up man to start the season or could also be trade bait.

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