Wednesday, August 01, 2012
The first Red Sox trade was the acquisition of Craig Breslow, who pitched for Boston in 2006. The 31-year-old reliever adds pitching depth by giving them another left-hander in the bullpen. Breslow has record of 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 relief appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. The move frees up lefty Franklin Morales to move to the starting rotation, if need be. It also makes up for the loss of Scott Atchison, who suffered a set back in his rehab from a forearm injury. The Red Sox sent outfielder Scott Podsednik and right-handed reliever Matt Albers to the Diamondbacks in return for Breslow.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington, who was unable to pull the trigger on any bold moves, according to an ESPNBoston article, made a trade at the minor league level just before the deadline hour. The Red Sox sent minor-leaguer Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians, where he will have a shot to make the big-league club. Boston received knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, who has been in the Indians minor league system since the 2006 draft.
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