Joel Hanrahan, not Andrew Bailey, to be Boston's closer
The closer controversy in Boston didn't last very long.
|The Red Sox hope Joel Hanrahan will have many post-final out high-fives in him this season. (Getty Images)|
A closer controversy in Boston? It didn't even last a full day. While the finalized trade for Joel Hanrahan in tandem with the presence of Andrew Bailey on the roster means the Red Sox have two established closers, there's no battle to be found. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweets ...
#RedSox asst. GM Brian O'Halloran said John Farrell told Hanahan and Bailey that Hanrahan is the closer— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 26, 2012
Hanrahan is coming off a superficially impressive season in 2012, but his serious control problems are a concern. As for Bailey, he certainly has shutdown stuff, but he's never been able to stay healthy.
The bullpen depth in Boston is nice, but there are no sure things when it comes to getting outs in the ninth inning. For now, though, Hanrahan will be tasked with protecting ninth-inning leads.