Red Sox acquire Thornton from White Sox
The Boston Red Sox acquired relief pitcher Matt Thornton from the Chicago White Sox in order to improve their bullpen.
According to MLB.com, The Red Sox sent minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs and cash considerations to the White Sox for the left hander Thornton.
The Red Sox added Thornton to give them a second left hander in the bullpen to compliment Craig Breslow after lefty Andrew Miller is now out for the season with a foot injury.
According to ESPN.com, the Red Sox acquired Thornton because of his success against the American League East. Left handed batters from the AL East are combined hitting .188 over the last two seasons against Thornton.
“We are what we are, and we’ve had some attrition in that area. When Andrew went down, it probably increased our level of urgency,” Red Sox general manager Bill Cherington said. “We found a fit we think makes sense. There was some motivation to do it prior to the break, because after the break, we get back into AL East play. Stabilizing and fortifying the ‘pen made sense.”
Thornton,36, is 0-3 with a 3.86 earned run average in 40 games this season. He is forth in the AL with 18 holds. He is entering the final year of a two year, $12 million contract.