Red Sox To Acquire Craig Breslow

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The Red Sox will acquire left-handed reliever Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks, Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports (Twitter links). The Red Sox will send Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona to complete the trade. 

Boston had been seeking left-handed relief. The Angels were also looking at Breslow, according to Magruder. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe first reported that the Red Sox might acquire Breslow.

Breslow has a 2.70 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 43 1/3 innings this year. The 31-year-old earns $1.8MM and will go to arbitration again this coming offseason. He's on track to reach free agency following the 2013 season.

Podsednik, 36, posted a .387/.409/.484 batting line in 70 plate appearances this year, but missed substantial time with a groin injury. He earns $750K at the MLB level and will become a free agent after the season.

Albers has a 2.29 ERA with 5.7 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 39 1/3 innings so far in 2012. He is earning $1.08MM this year and will remain under team control as an arbitration eligible player through 2013.

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76 Comments on "Red Sox To Acquire Craig Breslow"


3 years 4 days ago

Albers and Scott Pod, Red Sox confirmed for Wizards.

Andy Forrester
3 years 4 days ago

Suddenly the Diamondbacks need left handed relief.

James Attwood
3 years 4 days ago

They brought LHP Patrick Corbin back up. They still have pitching. But the deal just makes no sense sonce the Dbacks are getting nothing of value in return.

Andy Forrester
3 years 4 days ago

The Diamondbacks sent Corbin back to Reno because they didn’t want him to pitch out of the bullpen.

3 years 4 days ago

There’s the blockbuster!! lol

bigpat
3 years 4 days ago

Could have really used Breslow in Pittsburgh, oh well.

I guess this helps out both teams.

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 4 days ago

Spare parts for more spare parts, seems to work well for both sides.

M.Kit
3 years 4 days ago

Nice move

Tj Kobold
3 years 4 days ago

It’s their ace.

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

Ah Breslow, one of the few major leaguers who I’m pretty sure is just objectively smarter than I am. The dual degree in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale he has will do that to a guy.

Also, solid numbers and another year of control. Happy to have him in the sometimes-shaky pen.

jb226
3 years 4 days ago

Wow, that is some truly impressive arrogance.

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

Please realize that I’m being a bit tongue-in-cheek there. It’s more that, Breslow is one of the few guys with whom I can’t placate myself by going “Well at least I’m smarter!!!” 😛

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 4 days ago

doing a dual degree at Yale doesn’t actually mean he’s smarter…you do realize that right? For all we know, he just barely passed his courses with a C-, and came out with a 2.0 GPA.

melonis_rex
3 years 4 days ago

he had a super high GPA though. I can’t remember what it was, but I remember A’s announcers mentioning it when he played with the A’s

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

I seem to remember this too. Also, molecular biophysics and biochemistry are wicked hard, especially at a place like Yale.

vtadave
3 years 4 days ago

He had a 3.5. Not bad.

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

Yep. This is what we call “joking around.”

Also a 2.0 is a C 😛

blc
3 years 4 days ago

A couple of things – directed at the other responses here too:

1) MB&B is a single major at Yale.
2) MB&B is a difficult major.
3) Craig made out with a good academic record.
4) Craig was accepted at the NYU School of Medicine, so obviously he did pretty darn well academically.

I’m a Yalie and Diamondbacks fan, and I will miss Breslow in the pen. Hope he does well with Boston – especially if he gets a chance to pitch to Lavarnway, another Yale grad.

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

Ah, the way it was phrased I always assumed it was a double major. Still impressive. That stuff involves taking organic chemistry! *shudder*

Jack Cox
3 years 4 days ago

Because when I think of Championship Teams, Craig Breslow is immediately the name that comes to mind.

3 years 4 days ago

The move allows Morales to go back to the rotation…. in which case yes, championship teams often have 95 mph+ throwing lefty starters and multiply lefties in the pen.

M.Kit
3 years 4 days ago

Breslow a New Haven native, went to Trumbull HS, Yale

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 4 days ago

He and Matt Barnes are the Connecticut boys in the organization

3 years 4 days ago

I like!

notsureifsrs
3 years 4 days ago

acceptable

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

I’ve liked Breslow for a while, even if he DID go to Yale. No big loss either, and having him next year will be nice.

MaineSox
3 years 4 days ago

Supposedly it allows them to put Morales back in the rotation, so I really like the move.

Karkat
3 years 4 days ago

This is my favorite thing about the move, but what about the other five guys? 25 minutes remain…

3 years 4 days ago

Agreed, Morales should have never left the rotation, but you can’t blame Bobby for wanting 2 lefties in the pen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cook get DFA’ed in the next week or so… He’s had a couple good starts, but when that sinker isn’t sinking it’s big trouble.

No Neck
3 years 4 days ago

Could this be a precursor for a Dbacks OF being dealt? Upton and Kubel are unlikely to go anywhere. Parra or Young on the move?

notsureifsrs
3 years 4 days ago

this is not the boston-arizona trade i was waiting for

M.Kit
3 years 4 days ago

No room for Podsednik, since Kalish got called up with Sweeney on the DL, Albers has always been up and down, smart move by Boston

James Attwood
3 years 4 days ago

No room for Scotty Po with Dbacks either. He goes to an organization where he would be #7 on the OF depth chart.

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 4 days ago

This makes no sense for the dbacks, breslow has done a hell of a job this year

SouthPawRyno
3 years 4 days ago

So crappy for ARZ!

ugotrpk3113
3 years 4 days ago

Andrew Bailey is going to like this a lot..

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 4 days ago

Breslow is back to he original team!

jjs91
3 years 4 days ago

The brewers?

M.Kit
3 years 4 days ago

He had a stint with Boston in ’06-’07, multiple International League all-star appearances with Pawtucket. Not his original team, but did spend some time in Boston

Eric Fortune
3 years 4 days ago

you mean the Milwakees?

James Attwood
3 years 4 days ago

I keep waiting for KT to pull the trigger on the big deal that is going to make the last 2 weeks suddenly make sense. The last 72 hours have been especially head-scratching. Breslow is a solid LHP out of the bullpen and is one of the shining lights on a floundering Dbacks team and they have traded him for two players that don’t add anything to the big league club.

3 years 4 days ago

Doesnt seem like a smart trade by the dbacks, should of gotten prospect instead.