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Ever since Jonathan Papelbon rode the free agent money train (Choo-choo! $50 million!) down to Philadelphia, the Boston Red Sox have been looking for a new closer.
They might have their man after acquiring reliever Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland.
Melancon appears to fit the profile of a closer for the Red Sox, having saved 20 games for Houston last season. Maybe that doesn't look like many saves, but Melancon only had 25 opportunities while pitching for the 56-win Astros.
Another factor likely important to the Red Sox is that their newest reliever has experience pitching in the AL East. Melancon came up through the New York Yankees organization. Although saying he has "experience" might be a stretch, as he only pitched 15 games for the Yanks.
The question is whether or not Melancon will actually step into the ninth-inning role for Boston. The Red Sox have shown interest in free agent Ryan Madson and m...
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The Red Sox are going to fall in love with their new reliever. As good as they think Mark Melancon is, they're going to like him even more once they get to know him.
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly acquired closer Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros for shortstop Jed Lowrie and right-hander Kyle Weiland.Melancon was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal Astros season. The 26-year-old converted 20 of 25 save opportunities while posting a 2.78 ERA and 66 strikeouts over 74 1/3 innings.Melancon had only appeared in 35 major-league...
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...
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...
Save opportunities were rarer than diamonds this year for the 106-loss Houston Astros. But when Mark Melancon got...
Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland are headed to Houston for pitcher Mark Melancon. The move gives the Red Sox several options to choose from for a closer. Melancon saved twenty games for the Astros last year so he will be in the mix with Jenks and Bard to fill the hole left by Papelbon's departure.
The move also signals that the Red Sox are confident that Iglesias will be the...
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...