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Red Sox obtain All-Star closer

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 07:30 PM
BOSTON -

The Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal Wednesday.

Boston also received infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.

Over the past two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves, fourth most in the National League, and a 2.24 ERA. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.

Holt spent most of last season at Double-A Altoona, then hit .292 in 24 games with the Pirates, all in September.

Melancon was 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 41 relief appearances in his only season with Boston. Pimentel spent the season at Double-A Portland. Sands and DeJesus were obtained in a trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 25.

The Red Sox also announced the signing of free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who agreed to a one-year contract early last week. That reported $9.5 million deal was contingent on the former Oakland Athletic and Arizona Diamondback passing a physical.

MARINERS: Seattle announced its $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez, returning the veteran to where he began his major-league career in 1996. The 40-year-old hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at-bats for the Yankees last season.

RANGERS: Texas completed a one-year contract with free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who hit .278 with a career-high 27 homers in 135 games for the Chicago White Sox last season.

ETC.: The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying wanted to kill her, according to police records. Andruw Jones was free on bond after his arrest early Christmas morning on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County (Ga.) Jail records.

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