July 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM
Leading up to this afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox acquired left-handed reliever Craig Breslow (pictured) from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.
Breslow, who turns 32 on August 8, was originally a member of the Red Sox organization from 2006 through early 2008. He made just 13 appearances in Boston, posting a 0-2 record with a 3.75 ERA. The left-hander saw the majority of his time with the Red Sox organization in Triple-A Pawtucket, appearing in 39 games in 2006 and 49 in 2007.
Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Yale University in the 26th round of the 2002 amateur draft, Breslow was a member of the Oakland Athletics from 2009-2011, posting a stellar 3.14 ERA in 202 relief appearances. This season as a member of the Diamondbacks, Breslow is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched.
Breslow will serve as a left-handed option out of the bullpen along with Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales.
Albers, 29, had impressed in his second season with Boston, posting a 2.29 ERA 39.1 innings pitched this season.
Podsednik, 36, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations back in May of this season. The speedy outfield was very impressive in 19 games with Boston, hitting .387/.409/.484 with a home run and seven RBI. In 25 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, Podsednik hit .281/.330/.360 with a home run and 11 RBI.
Photo Credit: Craig Breslow by Kelly O'Connor