Source: Red Sox close on Hanrahan

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The Boston Red Sox, moving to further deepen their bullpen, are close to acquiring right-hander Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a major league source.



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Hanrahan, 31, served as the Pirates’ closer the past two seasons, earning a combined 76 saves and producing a 2.24 ERA. He will give the Red Sox an alternative to closer Andrew Bailey, who was injured for most of last season.

With Hanrahan, the Sox would be deep in right-handed relievers. They signed free agent Koji Uehara earlier this offseason, and also have Bailey, Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard and Junichi Tazawa returning.

Right-hander Jason Grilli, who recently agreed to a two-year, $6.75 million free-agent contract with the Pirates, likely would replace Hanrahan as Pittsburgh’s closer.