BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox’ first move of trade deadline day was not a major one, as they acquired lefty reliever Craig Breslow from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Sox send Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona to complete the deal. It was first reported by Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona.
“Breslow is coming to give us left handed depth in the bullpen,” manager Bobby Valentine said of his newest player. “I haven’t seen him pitch too much, but I know he’s been in the American League before and I’m confident he’ll help us win games.”
“You can never have enough left handers in the bullpen,” added Valentine.
I like this team and I think we’re moving forward in the right direction. If there were no others ways of improving it, I think we’re pretty good.
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Breslow, who will turn 32 on Aug. 8, was a member of the Red Sox in 2006, when he posted a 3.75 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 12 innings.
This season with Arizona, Breslow is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.177 WHIP in 43 1/3 innings. Interestingly, lefties are hitting .243 off him this year, compared to a .226 average for righties. In his career, lefties have hit .229 off him, with righties hitting .224.
In his career, Breslow has a 14-17 record and 3.02 ERA.
In his two seasons in Boston, Albers went 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA. Podsednik batted .387 in his 19 games with the Red Sox this season.