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Boston Red Sox Re-sign Lefty Reliever Craig Breslow

December 20th, 2014 at 1:10 PM
By Sean Penney

With the Boston Red Sox in need of another left-handed reliever, they turned to a familiar face to bolster their bullpen. An industry source revealed to WEEI.com that the team has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal to bring back veteran Craig Breslow.

Boston had previously declined the $4 million option on Breslow's contract following a disappointing season in which he went 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA in 60 appearances. It was easily the worst year of his career and the Red Sox are banking on it being an aberration. From 2008-2013 Breslow was one of the most reliable lefty relievers in the game, posting a 2.82 ERA during that span.

Breslow was a key part of the Red Sox bullpen during their World Series run in 2013. He posted a sparkling 1.81 ERA that season and surrendered only 2 runs over 7.1 postseason innings. As miserable as last season was, Breslow recognizes that it may have been the price he had to pay for piling up innings during a deep October run. Given that it ended with a championship, that's a sacrifice any player would make.

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Boston Red Sox Nearing Deal to Acquire Catcher Ryan Hanigan from San Diego Padres

December 19th, 2014 at 1:28 PM
By Sean Penney

The rocky tenure of Will Middlebrooks in Boston may be coming to an end. Sources have told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that the Boston Red Sox are nearing a deal to ship Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres for catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Hanigan was recently acquired by the Padres from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team, 11-player swap that also involved the Washington Nationals. He only spent one season with the Rays, but at least he has some familiarity with the AL East. Hanigan will fill the role of the back-up catcher behind Christian Vazquez in Boston, serving as a place holder for top prospect Blake Swihart. If Swihart is ready for a promotion at any point in 2015, Hanigan could easily be flipped for other assets prior to the trade deadline. If he's not ready, Hanigan will do just fine until he is. He's signed for a total of $7.2 million over the next two seasons, with a $3.75 million team option in 2017.

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Bringing Back David Ross, Craig Breslow Remain Options for Boston Red Sox

December 18th, 2014 at 2:13 PM
By Sean Penney

The battle over Jon Lester is over, but the Boston Red Sox are still be battling the Chicago Cubs for a couple of their other former players. A major league source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that both teams are among the top contenders to sign veteran free-agent catcher David Ross and left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.

The appeal for Chicago to go after Ross stems from his rapport with Lester. The 37-year old hit a paltry .184 last season and appeared to have little left in the tank offensively, but adding him to fill their void in the backup catcher role could make their newly acquired ace feel more comfortable by reuniting him with his former battery mate. Ross was behind the plate for 29 of Lester's starts over the past two seasons when they were together with the Red Sox. Lester posted a 2.02 ERA in the 18 games that Ross was his catcher last season and a 2.77 ERA with him over the past two years.

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Boston Red Sox Bolster Bullpen by Trading for Atlanta Braves Reliever Anthony Varvaro

December 17th, 2014 at 1:27 PM
By Sean Penney

After making several moves this month to solidify their starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox have now turned their attention to their bullpen. Boston has added another option to their collection of relievers by trading for Atlanta Braves right-hander Anthony Varvaro.

The Red Sox will send minor league RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations to Atlanta for Varvaro, who was designated for assignment by the Braves. The 30-year old Varvaro will cost somewhere around the league minimum this season, as he won't be arbitration eligible until 2016 and will be under Boston's control through the 2018 season.

Varvaro is coming off career season in which he posted a 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 8.2 K/9, while holding opposing batters to a .228 average. Varvaro is one of only 18 major league relievers with an ERA of 2.85 or better in each of the past two seasons (minimum 50 innings pitched).

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Jon Lester Takes David Ortiz’s Number 34 with Him to Chicago

December 16th, 2014 at 4:18 PM
By Sean Penney

Jon Lester will be pitching for the Chicago Cubs next season, but he's taking a small token from his time with the Boston Red Sox with him – David Ortiz's number 34. The Cubs held a press conference yesterday to introduce their new ace and reveal the jersey that he will wear with his new team.

Ortiz took notice of the number on the back of that jersey.

Lester wore number 31 during his eight-plus seasons with the Red Sox and the half season he spent with the Oakland A's. Unfortunately, that number has already been retired by Chicago, so Lester had to pick a new one. Was Ortiz really the inspiration behind Lester choosing the number 34? We may never know for sure, but that didn't stop Lester from tweeting a clever response.

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