Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Pirates are reportedly trying to trade closer Joel Hanrahan, who will be eligible for free agency in 2014.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are rumored to be shopping closer Joel Hanrahan in exchange for a shortstop. John Perrotto reports that the team is interested in Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Jose Iglesias of the Boston Red Sox. Previously, Hanrahan had been connected to a deal involving lefty pitcher Chris Capuano. But following the signing of Francisco Liriano to a two-year deal, a trade for Capuano seems less likely.
Gordon is a young speedster who hit an impressive .304 in his first season (2011), while swiping 24 bases in just 56 games. Last season, the shortstop missed more than two months after tearing the UCL in his right thumb. Gordon continued to steal bases at a tremendous rate in 2012, but his average fell to just .228. Following a trade for Hanley Ramirez, Gordon is slated to serve as a backup in 2013.
Iglesias, who will turn 23 next year, has even less major-league experience than Gordon. In just 74 career at-bats, Iglesias hit .135 for the Red Sox. He was expected to have a chance at earning the starting shortstop job, but will probably be relegated to the bench after Boston acquired Stephen Drew.