Hanrahan, Pirates form deal to avoid arbitration

By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com | 01/16/12 11:25 AM EST

The Pirates announced on Monday that they have agreed to terms on a contract with Joel Hanrahan, avoiding arbitration with the closer. The deal is worth $4.1 million.
Hanrahan, who made $1.4 million last year, was due for a sizable raise after coming off a season in which he made the National League All-Star team and saved a career-high 40 games. He struck out 61 batters in 68 2/3 innings and posted a 1.83 ERA.
The signing of Hanrahan leaves Garrett Jones, Jeff Karstens, Evan Meek, Charlie Morton, Chris Resop and Casey McGehee as the arbitration-eligible Pirates who have not yet agreed on contracts.

Arbitration-eligible players and teams are currently in the middle of an 11-day period -- during which each side formally submits desired salary figures. All of this leads up to Wednesday, the day that players and clubs will publicly exchange those numbers.
Since Neal Huntington took over as Pirates general manager in 2007, the club has almost always avoided extending this process out to an actual arbitration hearing. The one exception was last year, when Ross Ohlendorf was awarded a $2.025 million salary by winning his hearing.