BREAKING: Red Sox Acquire Reliever Matt Thornton
The Red Sox made a fairly important move tonight by acquiring White Sox left-handed relief pitcher Matt Thornton. Thornton is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 appearances for the White Sox this season. He is a solid lefty arm that will be added to a severely depleted bullpen. After the injury to Andrew Miller and the ineffectiveness of Andrew Bailey multiple bullpen moves seemed essential to the Red Sox to continue to pace the AL East and they got one out of the way pretty early by trading for Thornton before the break. He’ll add a much needed lefty arm to pair with Craig Breslow in the Red Sox bullpen. I’d expect the Sox to make at least one more bullpen move by the trading deadline but this is a good start for the Sox.
To acquire Thornton the Sox had to give up outfielder Brandon Jacobs who had been playing with the Portland Sea Dogs. Jacobs was a 10th round pick in the 2009 MLB draft for the Red Sox and has hit .265 with 47 home runs in the Red Sox system.