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Joel Hanrahan open to staying long term

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joel Hanrahan will be a free agent after the coming season. But if the Red Sox are interested in him beyond this season, Hanrahan is willing to talk.

“It has been great here so far,” Hanrahan said Wednesday morning. “I didn’t know what to expect, being traded over here. But I was a fan of this team before and I’ve enjoyed everything about it. If they want to talk about something, I would listen.”

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Hanrahan, 31, was an effective closer for the Pirates from 2011-12. The Sox would likely want to see how he pitches before even considering a deal.

The Red Sox generally avoided long-term deals with relief pitchers. They also have a potential in-house closing candidates in Daniel Bard and Junichi Tazawa.

But a strong performance by Hanrahan could change that equation.

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