Sunday, January 20, 2013
Red Sox have surplus of lefty RPs
By Jason Catania
The Boston Red Sox have quality depth at a very niche position: left-handed reliever.
The club avoided arbitration with Craig Breslow by agreeing to a two-year deal that guarantees $6.25 million, according to Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown. There's an option for a third year that could bring the contract up to $10.15 million.
In addition to Breslow, the Sox also have Franklin Morales and Andrew Miller as lefty specialists in their bullpen. Given that most of the quality lefty relievers have been snatched up already this winter, it's not out of the question that Boston could look to trade one of their trio at some point. While the return wouldn't be noteworthy, teams are always on the lookout for a decent pitcher to deploy in the late-innings against top left-handed hitters. And such a player could always be added into a trade package to help seal the deal.
One conclusion that we might be able to draw from this? Boston doesn't really have a need for free agent Rich Hill, a lefty reliever who has garnered interest from several clubs, including the Red Sox, according to the Boston Herald's Peter Abraham. Hill spent the past three seasons with Boston, but saw his action limited in part by Tommy John surgery in the middle of 2011.