Red Sox acquire Hanrahan
The Boston Red Sox landed closer Joel Hanrahan in a six-player trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. The Red Sox sent outfielders Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel along with infielders Ivan De Jesus and Jerry Sands to the Pirates in exchange for Brock Holt and Hanrahan, who they immediately announced as the team’s new closer. The 31-year-old has complied 76 saves over the last two seasons, and was named an All Star in each year.
Taarabt misses out
Morocco have left Queens Park Rangers forward Adel Taarabt out of their 24-man African Nations Cup squad for the finals which start in South Africa next month. The 23-year-old does not feature on the list of players for the tournament, which runs from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10, published on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation Web site. The mercurial Taarabt has been out of favor with the national team, but hoped to have done enough to impress Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi, who took charge in the summer.
Club keep star despite arrest
Japanese club Rakuten Eagles, who recently signed former US major league star Andruw Jones, said yesterday they had no plans to cancel the deal after he was arrested on suspicion of battering his wife. The Curacao-born outfielder, 35, was held early on Tuesday morning at his home in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, after police were called following a dispute between him and his wife, according to media reports. He was released on US$2,400 bail. “There is no such possibility for now,” Rakuten Eagles public relations director Yoshiki Sato said when asked if the one-year contract, signed earlier this month and worth an estimated US$3.5 million, could be annulled. “At the moment it is our understanding” that he did not do anything wrong,” Sato said. The club said representatives had spoken to Jones, who told them he had continued drinking after a Christmas Eve party and had quarreled with his wife, who called the police. Jones told them there was no physical assault on his wife and that she did not expect police to take him away, the club said.