Thursday, August 16, 2012

Red Sox Acquire Beato To Complete Shoppach Deal

Two days ago, backup catcher Kelly Shoppach was traded to the Mets for a player to be named later. That player was announced today as former Mets' reliever Pedro Beato. I'm surprised that the Red Sox couldn't get more value out of Shoppach-- who was batting .250/5/17 with good defense in Boston-- but maybe in a few years, Beato could pay off. However, for now, he hasn't had a whole lot of success in the major leagues. So far this year, he's put up an ERA of 10.38 and has struck out 5 in 7 games and 4.1 innings in 2012. However, he played pretty much the full 2011 season in New York and was solid-- going 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 60 games. To start the 2012 season though, he went down to Triple-A Buffalo and put up solid numbers down there-- going 4-4 with a 3.73 ERA. The Red Sox have had a good bullpen this season, so I wouldn't count on Beato helping a whole lot this year. However, maybe in two or three we could see him entering games with the Red Sox on a regular basis.

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