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Joel Hanrahan trade: Pirates get Mark Melancon, Ivan De Jesus

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially completed the trade of Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox.

Doug Pensinger

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially traded right-handed closer Joel Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Mark Melancon, minor league pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus and utility player Jerry Sands, according to Evan Drellich of MLB.com on Wednesday afternoon.

Hanrahan spent the last four seasons with the Pirates and accumulated a 10-8 record, 82 saves, 265 strikeouts, 98 walks and a 2.59 ERA in 238 relief appearances. In 2012, he recorded 36 saves, 67 strikeouts, 36 walks and a 2.72 ERA in 63 appearances.

Holt made his major league debut in September of 2012. The 24-year-old infielder recorded a .292 batting average with three RBI in 72 plate appearances.

De Jesus appeared in eight games with the Red Sox last season after being acquired in the blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sands was also acquired in the blockbuster trade but did not play in any games while in Boston.

Melancon registered a 6.20 ERA in 41 relief appearances last season, while Pimentel has spent the last six seasons in the Red Sox's farm system.

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