Red Sox Trade Utility Man Brent Lillibridge to Cleveland Indians

Alex SchuhartCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2012

Brent Lillibridge
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So long, Brent Lillibridge. We hardly knew ye.

After only 10 games in a Boston Red Sox uniform, the 28-year-old bench player has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor league relief pitcher Jose De La Torre.

Formerly of the Chicago White Sox, he had been a Red Sox for only about a month. He was sent to the club in the June 24 deal that netted the White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

In his short time with Boston, Lillibridge batted only .125 with five strikeouts in 16 at-bats. He has struggled all season, however, posting a .165 mark in 79 at-bats.

Lillibridge, who began his big league career in 2008 with Atlanta, is a lifetime .212 hitter with a poor 4.34 strikeout-to-walk ratio and an on-base percentage of less than .300. On the plus side, he has decent power and speed on the base paths. In 2011 with the White Sox, he hit 13 home runs while stealing 10 bases in only 186 at-bats.

In exchange for the Everett, Wash., native, the Red Sox received 26-year-old De La Torre, who, in six minor league seasons, is 25-20 with a 2.86 ERA and a strikeouts-per-nine innings pitched ratio of greater than nine. This year alone, he is 8-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 34 appearances.

Though he is too old to be considered a prospect, he may still be a useful arm out of the bullpen for years to come. He throws a low-90s fastball, a two-seam fastball, a changeup and an impressive slider.

In shedding Lillibridge, this could be an impressive nothing-for-something trade to the benefit of the Red Sox.