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The Boston Red Sox were quick to add another lefty to the bullpen before the All-Star Break. As Gordon Edes reported for ESPN Boston, the Red Sox acquired left-hander Matt Thornton from the White Sox for minor leaguer Brandon Jacobs on Friday.
With the devastating loss of Andrew Miller, the only lefty in the Sox’ pen at the time was Craig Breslow. By adding Thornton and calling up Drake Britton from Pawtucket, the Red Sox have avoided being righty heavy, especially in in the back end of the bullpen. Previously the Sox were on record of stating that they would have liked to solve this problem from within the organization, but as everybody knows, it doesn’t always work out the way you want it.
Ben Cherington had this to say on the acquisition, “We’ve had some attrition in that area. When Andrew went down, it probably increased our level of urgency. You can’t be stubborn either. We’re in good position, and we have an obligation to do what we can.”
For those of you who may not be as up to date on other players around the league as you are on Red Sox players, Thornton is a guy who has been around for awhile. He’s 36-years-old and has been with the White Sox since 2006. He mainly features a fastball and a slider and used to be a really, really good set up man a few years ago. This year, he’s got a 3.86 ERA, with 21 strikeouts and 25 hits in 28 innings pitched. He’s got a career ERA of 3.53 so he’s been pretty reliable as a reliever throughout the bulk of his career. I think most Red Sox fans would expect Thornton to be used as a lefty specialists because of his numbers this year, lefties are hitting just .173 off of Thornton, while righties are up at .320, but as Scott Lauber from the Boston Herald pointed out, righties against Thornton for his career are only hitting .238 so I don’t think you can label him as strictly a specialist.
As for my personal opinion, I think it’s a great move. Brandon Jacobs wasn’t one of the prospects Red Sox fans were worried about losing, and Thornton is a guy with a track record of consistency. The White Sox are bad and want to build their farm system up a bit, and the Red Sox are a first place team who were in need of a key piece before the deadline. I’m almost certain Boston will continue to be active in the trade market, specifically pitching, because you can never have too much of that. Wouldn’t even have to look too far, as a guy like Jesse Crain, who also plays for the White Sox, might entice Boston’s front office. The trade deadline never ceases to bring excitement and surprises to Fenway, so I will be looking forward to the next few weeks, and you all can look forward to my next article which will be an All-Star Break report card on our beloved Sox’.
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Boston could always use another Thornton, right?
The Red Sox acquired reliever Matt Thornton, along with cash considerations, from the White Sox on Friday in exchange for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs. The deal — like any trade, really — carries some risk, but not enough to reconsider the addition of a potentially valuable left-hander to a bullpen in flux.
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The Red Sox, getting a jump on the bullpen market, announced on Friday night the acquisition of left-hander Matt Thornton and cash from the White Sox for minor-league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.
Thornton, who turns 37 on Sept. 15, will give the Sox a second left-handed reliever to go with Craig Breslow. Andrew Miller is out for the season due to a left-foot injury, and another lefty...
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improve their bullpen. On Friday night they obtained lefthander Matt
Thornton from the White Sox in exchange for Double A outfielder Brandon...
The Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox have made a deal. Not a deal of huge proportions, but the Red Sox did acquire former All-Star reliever Matt Thornton along with cash considerations in exchange for minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.
The Red Sox have added a lefty arm for the stretch drive while the White Sox have officially begun their tear down. Thornton is 0-3 with...
It will not be as simple as changing his socks but that is exactly what left handed reliever Matt Thornton will do. On Friday the Chicago White Sox sent the veteran left hander to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Brandon Jacobs.
Thornton has long been considered one of the best lefties in baseball and his departure from the White Sox does not figure to be the last prior to the trade...
Earlier tonight, the White Sox made the first of what could be more than a couple of trades in the coming weeks. Long-time Sox reliever and left-hander Matt Thornton was sent to the Boston Red Sox and AA outfielder Brandon Jacobs. The White Sox also sent $750K to Boston, meaning the Red Sox will have to pay the bulk of Thornton’s remaining $3.5 million dollar contract.
The Red Sox took the first step toward shoring up their embattled bullpen Friday, acquiring left-handed reliever Matt Thornton from the White Sox.
Thornton fills a serious need for the Red Sox, as Andrew Miller‘s injury last week left Craig Breslow as the only southpaw remaining in the Boston bullpen.
Miller, whose impending foot surgery will likely put him out for the remainder...
It’s back to Triple-A for Steven Wright.
The Red Sox announced that Wright, who dazzled in relief on Thursday, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for the newly acquired Matt Thornton.
Wright pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen against the Mariners on Thursday, but the Red Sox acquired Thornton in a trade with the White Sox on Friday. Boston sent minor...
With Andrew Miller out for the season and Craig Breslow the only healthy lefty in the Boston Red Sox bullpen, they had to go out and get some help there.
After scouting the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox and the other Sox consummated a trade on Friday night sending Matt Thornton and cash considerations (750K) to Boston. In return, the Red Sox sent minor league OF Brandon Jacobs...