The Boston Red Sox waited until the end to make a move at the trade deadline, and when they made that move, it surprised some.
Official: #RedSox today acquired LHP Craig Breslow from Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Matt Albers & OF Scott Podsednik.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 31, 2012
Many expected Boston to make a big move at the deadline, but it appeared that the Sox were content with acquiring a middle-tier reliever.
Breslow recorded a 2.70 ERA in 43.1 innings this season with Arizona. He also struck out 42 batters and walked 13.
The 31-year-old reliever had actually been a part of the 2006 Red Sox, but he was put on waivers the next season.
Breslow adds another lefty to the bullpen and will give manager Bobby Valentine the opportunity to move LHP Franklin Morales into the starting rotation.
Albers has a 2.29 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 33.1 innings of work this year. Podsednik had actually been very good when he was in the majors, batting .387 in 19 games in late May to early June.
Rumors swirled about the Red Sox trading pitchers Josh Beckett or Jon Lester, two of the players involved in the controversial beer and chicken scandal last September.
However, the Red Sox are on a three-game winning streak, two of which came against the AL East-leading New York Yankees. Many have said that this could be the turning point of the season, as Boston is only a few games back of the final Wild Card spot.
GM Ben Cherington had a big choice to make—either make a move at the deadline or stay put and hope the team could turn it around during the last two months of the season. Cherington played his cards well, and he traded for an impact guy the team needed.
This deal is not a complete game changer, but Breslow should have a decent impact on crucial games down the stretch in the playoff race.
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