Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still managed ERAs of 3.12, 3.28, and 3.35 in that time thanks to a 144/47 K/BB ratio.
That includes a 46/16 K/BB ratio and .207 opponents’ batting average in 48 innings this year, which made it surprising that the Rays declined to exercise their $4 million option on the 32-year-old right-hander and then declined to offer the Type A free agent arbitration. He has a 3.31 ERA in 392 innings since 2005, including a sub-3.50 mark in five of six seasons.
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