Posted December 15, 2011 on
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The Boston Red Sox have attempted to bolster their bullpen and bench, trading for pitcher Mark Melancon and signing infielder Nick Punto.
And if they add some guys who can pull together their fractured clubhouse, that's OK, too.
The Red Sox traded for Melancon, the former Astros reliever, and signed former St. Louis Cardinals infielder Punto as a free agent. General manager Ben Cherington said on Thursday that Punto, ''understands his role on a winning team.''
Cherington would not say whether Melancon would be the closer. The GM says that will be up to new manager Bobby Valentine.
The Red Sox blew a nine-game lead in the AL wild-card race last season to miss the playoffs by one game - the biggest September collapse in major league history.
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The Boston Red Sox have acquired closer Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros for infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Kyle Weiland. The deal on Wednesday brings the Red Sox a potential replacement for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. Melancon is a 26-year-old righty who had 20 saves last season with an 8-4 record and 2.78 ERA in 71 relief...
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They might have their man after acquiring reliever Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland.
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BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox reinforced their bullpen Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Kyle Weiland, according to a major-league source.
The addition of Melancon likely will be one of multiple additions the Red Sox make to their bullpen...
The Boston Red Sox have traded infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros for relief pitcher Mark Melancon, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.
The Boston Red Sox have traded right handed pitcher Kyle Weiland and short stop Jed Lowrie to the Houston Astros for Mark Melancon according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.
Weiland went 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in 24.2 innings and Lowrie hit .252/.303/.382 with 6 HR's and 36 RBI's with the Red Sox in 2011. Melancon went 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in 17.1 innings with the Astros in 2011...