The Pirates aggred to a one year, $4.1 million with Joel Hanrahan that has performance bonuses for games finished. That's pretty expected from all sides, as the club hasn't been discussing a long-term deal with Hanrahan. The club also came to terms with Chris Resop over the weekend, which leaves Garrett Jones, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, Evan Meek, and Casey McGehee left on the list of arbitration-eligible players that they need to work a deal out with.
UPDATE: Cross Morton off the list; he's agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million deal. It's his first year of arbitration.
hanrahan is a dominant closer. Morton is an inconsistent #3-4 starter. I have no problem with the amounts they signed for. if anything I think hanrahan's salary is decently low and should make him extremely attractive at the trade deadline if he pitches well inte first half
While I'm glad to see both signed, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of paying Hanrahan $1.65 million more than Morton for throwing 103 IP fewer. Not going to knock Hanrahan's stats--he's superior to Morton in almost all facets (K/BB, HR/FB, etc.)--but I just think that would be better spent on a starter for this team.
/Preaching to the choir, I know...
So we'll get to hear Slipknot's "Before I Forget" for another year when "The Hammer" enters?! AWESOME!!! I loved Slipknot!!!