Craig Breslow Traded To Red Sox

By J. Levi Burnfin

Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow, who came from the A’s in the Jarrod Parker/Trevor Cahill deal, has again been dealt, this time to the Boston Red Sox, according to Fox Sports Arizona’s Jack Magruder.

In return, the D-backs will receive right-handed reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.

Breslow has been one of the D-backs most reliable relievers so far this season. He owns a 2.70 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched. He struck out almost a batter an inning (42 Ks) and has only walked 13.

Albers on the other hand, has a 2.29 ERA this year in 39.1 innings pitched. However, he has only struck out 25 batters and has walked 15.

Podsednik is the odd piece in the trade. The D-backs already have four outfielders that are highly deserving of playing time in Justin Upton, Chris Young, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra.

Podsednik has only recorded 62 at bats so far this season, but he has been impressive in that small sample. He’s hitting .387 with a ,893 OPS. Podsenik, left-handed, does not have much of a platoon split for his career. There is some speculation that another trade of an outfielder currently on the d-backs is pending but if not, where exactly will Podsednik play?

Update: 1:05 PDT

Jack Magruder reports on Twitter that Albers will immediately join D-backs bullpen and Podsednik will add minor league depth.