Dodgers Return Zerpa To Red Sox

The Dodgers returned Rule 5 pick Armando Zerpa to the Red Sox, according to the AP (via Yahoo! Sports). Boston will pay half of the original $50K Rule 5 fee in the transaction.

Zerpa, 23, was selected by the Rays with the 13th pick in the Rule 5 Draft before being traded to the Dodgers for cash. The lefthander posted a 4.85 ERA with 8.2 K/9  in 29.2 innings for Boston's Class-A Advanced affiliate in 2009, but that came with an ugly 6.4 BB/9.

Even though high strikeout lefty relievers are in high demand, it was hard to see Zerpa sticking on the Dodgers' 25-man roster all season given his control problems and zero experience above A-ball.



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