Hanrahan proves closer myth

Fear not, Pirates fans, Jason Grilli will be fine at closer. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

In the only big transaction during this holiday lull, the Boston Red Sox acquired Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player trade that saw, most notably, Stolmy Pimentel, Jerry Sands, and Mark Melancon go the other direction. The Pirates immediately announced that Jason Grilli would step into Hanrahan's role as the closer for the Bucs in 2013. And just as quickly, a portion of the pundits predicted gloom for the Pirates because they lost their closer.

The truth of the matter is that closers are made, not born, and Hanrahan himself helps prove this.