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Sox swap: Red Sox acquire reliever Matt Thornton from White Sox

Jul 12, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

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The Red Sox added another lefty to their bullpen tonight, completing a trade with the White Sox for reliever Matt Thornton. The Red Sox have moved Andrew Miller to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the roster, according to Alex SpeierPer Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the White Sox have received outfield prospect Brandon Jacobs in return.

Thornton, now 36 years old, had been with the White Sox since March 20, 2006, when the team acquired him from the Mariners for Joe Borchard. Over his eight years with the White Sox, Thornton posted a 3.28 ERA and struck out 25 percent of batters he faced. He has a $6 million club option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout.

Jacobs was drafted by the Red Sox in the 10th round of the 2009 draft. At the age of 22, he was promoted to Double-A Portland for the first time this season for one game. He went 2-for-3, then was sent back to A-ball. He was promoted again two days ago. Overall, in 335 plate appearances with Single-A Salem, he posted a .774 OPS.

  1. xavier46 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Solid pickup by Boston, will fill a large void in the pen. Chicago did a poor job to not get more talent or a near ML ready player for Thornton.

  2. pisano - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I don’t know how Boston does it, they give up basically nothing for a good lefty reliever. How hard is it to get a quality lefty for the pen? I still don’t think they’ll win the east, but you can’t say they aren’t giving it their best shot.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      Sure, why would anyone think they will would the East? They only have the best and most balanced offense in the AL, lead the league in stolen bases, have the best run differential, and losing their best pitcher for a month didn’t slow them down at all—and he’s coming back. But at least the plucky little losers are trying real hard, bless ‘em…

      • dan1111 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:52 AM

        They have the best OPS+ in the AL and the third best ERA+ (beating everyone else in the East). Their run differential is best in the East by over 40 runs.

        And I don’t think one can make a case that this is a fluke, and another team looks better on paper. The Orioles have holes in their rotation. The Yankees’ offense is a hole. I would be most worried about Tampa Bay, now that Price is back. They have the most depth. But their pitching has been uneven so far, and can Loney and Scott keep hitting above expectations?

        The AL East is deep, and certainly it is still wide open. But it is hard to argue against the Red Sox being favorites at this point.

      • baseballbum - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        The Orioles have the Redsox number right now for some reason. Some teams just match up better against other teams. I still think the Redsox need one more solid starter like Matt Garza. I don’t think you can expect their front five to stay healthy the entire second half. If they get Garza I think they will win it all. The rest of the team is set and they have the perfect blend of veterans and youth. And they have the right “type” of players, players who care about playing and winning each game.

  3. ndnut - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Thank the heavens the Twins won’t see him in nearly as many games. Hey! Pale Hose executives! Trade Alexi Ramirez and the guy who sounds like “VCR” pronto!

  4. patpatriot7 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    “Plucky little losers,” Jack? I’m guessing you are a Washington sports fan, since there are no professional teams in VA. That means that you are VERY familiar with “little losers!” As an “ethics expert,” shouldn’t you be speaking out about having a pro football team in the Nation’s Capitol using a nickname that is considered offensive to Native Americans? God bless Eddie Yost, Sam Mele, Mickie Vernon, Irv Noren, Sid Hudson, Sandy Consuegra and Camilo Pascual.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      I’m guessing you don’t know what you’re talking about, and couldn’t spell “tongue in cheek” with a dictionary. I’ve missed attending, listening to or watching may be 50 Red Sox games since 1962, won an award for a Sox trivia game I co-created and marketed in 1986, and still have my ticket to Game 6, 1975 in my wallet. And you can take the quotes around ethics expert down, jerk.

  5. js20011041 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Looks like a pretty good trade by the Red Sox, but given their recent track record of trading for relievers, I’m fully expecting Thornton’s arm to fall off and for Jacobs to turn into a perennial all star.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Red Sox brass: “Matt we suggest you do not move your arms more than necessary. We will be providing you with an arm surrogate for things like hitting the “Call Flight Attendant” button. It’s not that we’re crazy but we have a history as you know.”

  6. jayscarpa - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Damn nice trade for the Red Sox.

  7. doublezero74 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Patpatriot, he was being sarcastic. You may want to read his post again, or just read it for the fist time , not just his last sentence.

  8. doublezero74 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Awesome trade though. The guy still throws in the high 90′s? What’s crazy about the sox good season so far is that they worst or second worst in blown saves. That’s redonk because they could have at least 5 or 6 more wins

  9. thedudeabides422 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    These posts prove why the Red Sox lead the league in douchebag fans every year.

    • xavier46 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      I know right, please stop commenting here man… Giving us all a bad rap!

  10. blackhawks2010 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    And the Fire Sale begins…..

  11. jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    When Mookie’s dribbler went through Buckner’s legs, plucky little losers lost, again!

  12. titansbro - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Lol @ patpatriot.

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