Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/14/11
In need of bullpen help, the Red Sox made a swap with the Astros on Wednesday, according to a report. The Red Sox got a "bullpen piece" in return for Kyle Weiland, ESPN.com and Baseball America writer Jerry Crasnick tweeted Wednesday morning. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted the player from Houston was Mark Melancon, and that infielder Jed Lowrie is also involved in the deal. Melancon, 26, made 71 appearances for the Astros in 2011, allowing 65 hits in 74 1/3 innings. He posted 66 strikeouts while walking just 26 batters, and had a career-low 2.78 earned run average. Weiland,...
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