Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Red Sox To Acquire Left-Hander Craig Breslow

The Diamondbacks acquired more talent than the Red Sox did in this deal, let me make that clear. But still, I'm not unhappy because the Red Sox were able to deal Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik-- each members of the bullpen and outfield surplus that the Red Sox won't be building around. In return, they'll acquire a left-handed reliever named Craig Breslow who has quietly had a lot of success over the past few years. In his first year with Arizona in 2012, he's gone 2-0/2.70/42 with peripheral numbers far superior to Matt Albers'. He's struck out 8.72 per nine innings and walk just 2.70-- good for a very respectable 3.23 ratio. Both that and his FIP and xFIP of 3.61 and 3.54, respectively, are better than Matt Albers' 5.01 and 4.19 marks. Plus, there's always the issue that in acquiring another left-handed reliever, they free up the option of moving Franklin Morales back to the rotation. Morales had put up a 3.43 ERA in 5 starts earlier this year and would certainly be an upgrade over Aaron Cook. All in all, this was a smart trade for the Red Sox and I'm happy with it.

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