Any potential closer controversy caused by the addition of Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox was quickly quelled, according to the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham. Hanrahan was part of a six-player trade between the Red Sox and Pirates that was finalized on Wednesday. The deal sent Hanrahan and shortstop Brock Holt to Boston, and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands, reliever Mark Melancon and minor leaguers Stolmy Pimentel and Ivan De Jesus to Pittsburgh.
The Red Sox acquired reliever Andrew Bailey from Oakland at the end of the 2011 season to replace closer Jonathan Papelbon. Bailey missed most of the 2012 season with a thumb injury, and according to Abraham, Hanrahan will be the team's closer in 2013: