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Red Sox acquire reliever Craig Breslow from D-backs | redsox.com: News

The Red Sox have added another lefty to their bullpen, acquiring Craig Breslow from the D-backs for righty reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.

The move will perhaps pave the way for Franklin Morales to move back to the rotation, where he had success in June and the early part of July.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2012 at 04:31 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Famous Original Joe C Posted: July 31, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4197458)
Breslow > Albers and Podsednik = any number of guys floating around. Nice marginal move for the Red Sox.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4197461)
What a bizarre trade for Arizona.
   3. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4197473)
Not quite sure what Arizona gets out of this at all. I guess there is an argument to be had that any bullpen arm is worth having and Pods was pretty good for the Sox. But geez, Arizona looks pretty solid in the bullpen and Gerardo Parra is an awfully good 4th outfielder so it's not like they are desperate for Podsednik.

Nice for the Sox though. Agreed with #1 that the Sox get the best player in the deal and the Sox open up a 40 man roster spot in the process which is a bit of an issue.
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4197490)
What a year for Red Sox fans. Even when the team seems to win a trade by all possible criteria, it's in the process of acquiring someone who made a name for himself in the 2009/2010/2011 Oakland bullpen. Reminding the fans of the great acquisition of Andrew Bailey is sure to renew their faith in the management team.
   5. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 31, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4197517)
What exactly do the D'Backs get out of this?
   6. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4197522)
Sorry guys, my fault. Phoenix has been running a bit dry lately, KT got a little cranky with my inability to score anything other than ditch weed, so I might have put it in his ear that Pods travels with some of the most tasty, so you should really view this trade as Breslow for Pods+Albers+some of the stickiest, ickiest around, which you can see makes it a straight up steal for KT, and me.

Of course Pods will be on waivers as soon as he runs out, but hey, that's how the big leagues work, bud!
   7. villageidiom Posted: July 31, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4197527)
Nice for the Sox though. Agreed with #1 that the Sox get the best player in the deal and the Sox open up a 40 man roster spot in the process which is a bit of an issue.
I was going to make that latter point; Bailey is due to come off the 60-day DL, so they were going to need that roster spot eventually anyway.

Breslow is signed for 2012; assuming no money changes hands, Boston's share of his contract is $600k. If I have this right he's arb-eligible for 2013. Albers has roughly $350k left on his 2012 deal, and is arb-eligible for 2013. Podsednik might have $250k left if he's on the major-league roster. So, basically, Arizona sacrificed a little surplus talent in the bullpen for OF depth in 2012 and (likely) cost savings in 2013. Like with Boston, this was a margin play for Arizona.

Given that each team was dealing from surplus, I guess you could say the trade boils down to Arizona selling roster space to Boston for cash. Even there, it's a win-win.
   8. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: July 31, 2012 at 05:50 PM (#4197535)
Towers is a numbskull. So galling that the team won the division last year so he gets to point at that for a while.
   9. Dan Posted: July 31, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4197541)
What a year for Red Sox fans. Even when the team seems to win a trade by all possible criteria, it's in the process of acquiring someone who made a name for himself in the 2009/2010/2011 Oakland bullpen. Reminding the fans of the great acquisition of Andrew Bailey is sure to renew their faith in the management team.


Not to mention the fact that Breslow only went to the A's because the Red Sox DFAed him to keep Bryan ####### Corey on the roster.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4197549)
To be fair, shortly after he was waived by the Red Sox he was waived by the Indians, then 12 months later waived by the Twins.
   11. John DiFool2 Posted: July 31, 2012 at 07:19 PM (#4197573)
Perhaps we can trade Steven Wright next for Jeff Dunham, where Achmed can become our new closer.
   12. Darren Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM (#4197725)
I'm just glad the Sox dealt Albers for something before it was too late. He's a replacement level reliever, who had a nice run during part of last year and another nice run during part of this year. Getting an actual good reliever for him is fantastic.
   13. shoewizard Posted: August 01, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4197788)
I'm just relieved nothing stupid or damaging occurred. Also, I heard the Pods might be assigned to Reno, so it all starts to make sense......
   14. Koot Posted: August 01, 2012 at 07:50 AM (#4197835)
I was surprised at how effective Albers with the Red Sox. I remember being generally unimpressed with him as an Oriole and couldn't figure out why the Red Sox signed him last season. (Part of it was the fact that he's kind of a fat guy who appears to have no muscle tone). I agree with Darren though, I was always afraid when they brought him in this would be the day he was going to come back to earth.
   15. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: August 01, 2012 at 09:23 AM (#4197880)
I was surprised by Albers' perofrmance as well, but:
* I've considered him a better pitcher than his numbers showed for years now,
* anything can happen over 40 innings, and
* he's dramatically outperformed (by ERA) his peripherals (for example, ERA=2.29, FIP=5.02)
   16. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: August 01, 2012 at 09:29 AM (#4197890)
Albers' BABIP this year was .218. He was a time bomb. Sox got rid of him before the bill came due.
   17. Answer Guy Posted: August 01, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4197953)
This should endear Breslow to New Englanders. It may sound like it's going to end up NSFW, but it doesn't.
   18. Bug Selig Posted: August 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4198248)
What exactly do the D'Backs get out of this?


Two guys they could have had on NRI's 4 short months ago.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM (#4199222)
Scottie Pods has been released by Arizona. So what was the point of that? Has MLB adoped NBA salary cap rules when I wasn't paying attention?
   20. Dan Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4199238)
He refused assignment to AAA. The DBacks didn't release him by their choice.
   21. Amit Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4199239)
Scottie Pods has been released by Arizona. So what was the point of that? Has MLB adoped NBA salary cap rules when I wasn't paying attention?
I think the D'Backs wanted him for minor league depth, but knew he might want to go somewhere with a better chance to reach the Majors. They had a couple of days to convince him to stay in the organization, but weren't able to.
   22. JJ1986 Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4199240)
I think the D'Backs wanted him for minor league depth, but knew he might want to go somewhere with a better chance to reach the Majors.


My guess is that he would rather play in a city nicer than Reno.

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