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Red Sox targeting White Sox setup man Matt Thornton

Jul 7, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

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Like many in-contention major league teams, the Red Sox will be looking to beef up their bullpen before the July 31 trade deadline. And it sounds like a certain pursuit might already be underway.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is on a “list of possible bullpen targets” for the Boston front office. Atlanta is also known to have inquired about the veteran left-hander, though Rosenthal heard Sunday that the Braves’ actual level of interest is “limited.”

Thornton, 36, has registered a 3.04 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 20/9 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings this season out of the White Sox bullpen. He has held left-handed batters to a .229/.295/.350 batting line in his career and he’s also pretty effective against righties.

  1. gonderfan - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    How about a bidding war? That’s what we need here. Go White Sox!

    • dan1111 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      He is on one team’s list of possibilities, and another team asked but is not that interested. So, at this point it is more of a casual inquiry war.

      Don’t get your hopes up. He is a 36 year old good-but-not-great setup man.

      • gonderfan - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        It’s not that I see a bidding war coming; it’s that I’d like it to happen. Unfortunately, I don’t see them getting much of anything for him. But ‘anything’ is better than nothing. Even the old ‘bag of balls’… I think that if our White Sox do things right, they may be able to accumulate a roomful of balls by the trading deadline… Next season we’ll learn how to use them! Go White Sox!

  2. beerjunkie - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Turd on a stick that guy is.

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