Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 12/14/11
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 made a push to ...
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