Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the scoop:
The Dodgers are showing interest in Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, but they have a little company. The Red Sox are said to have an interest as well.
The Bucs would presumably want a starting pitcher (or multiple starting pitchers) in return, which makes the Dodgers a nice fit because they’re looking to unload both Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.
Hanrahan boasts a spectacular 2.24 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 in 128 1/3 innings since the start of the 2011 season and has converted 76 saves in 84 opportunities for the Pirates during that span.
The 31-year-old is entering his third and final season of arbitration-eligibility. He made $4.1 million in 2012.
Jason Grilli would probably take over ninth-inning duties in Pittsburgh if Hanrahan is dealt this winter.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)