Sox make move, acquire Mark Melancon from Astros

The Sox have awaken from their winter slumber this week with a couple of moves to start off the 2nd week in December.  Yesterday the Red Sox brought back former catching prospect Kelly Shoppach and today they made a move to solidify the back end of their bullpen when they traded SS Jed Lowrie and P Kyle Weiland for Astros P Mark Melancon.

Melancon saved 20 games for the Astros last year.

Melancon spent some time closing last year for the Astros, netting 20 saves.  Overall he made 71 appearances in his first full season in the majors and put together a 8-4 record with a 2.78 ERA, a 1.224 WHIP, and 66 K’s in 74.1 innings pitched.  He was a 9th round pick of the Yankees back in 2006 and he made his major league debut as a member of the Yankees against the Red Sox on April 26, 2009, pitching two scoreless innings against the Sox.  He was traded to the Astros at the trading deadline in 2010 in the trade that sent Lance Berkman over to the Yankees for the stretch run.  Melancon looks to slot in the back-end of the bullpen where the Sox were extremely thin.  His past closing experience may make him a candidate to close this year for the Sox, as they haven’t filled that role yet however it is more likely that he will slot into Daniel Bard’s former spot as the 8th inning set-up man.  He’ll be 27 by opening day and could be the heir apparent if the Sox decide to bring in a guy like Ryan Madson or Fransisco Cordero to close this year.  Either way it is good to see the Sox finally making a move to bolster their bullpen and Melancon will be under the Sox’ control for the next five years.

Lowrie couldn't stay healthy during his time in Boston

Regarding the guys going the other way, Kyle Weiland was a guy I liked and it is sad to see him go but chances are he will get a shot in the rotation next year for the Astros, something that likely wouldn’t have happened here with competition from Bard, Aceves, Doubront, Miller, and whoever else the Sox may sign.  Jed Lowrie could just never put it together for the Sox.  He carried the team last April but then spent much of the summer on the disabled list, as he has many of the summers before.  He is decent enough when healthy but he is never healthy.  With a more durable option in Mike Aviles on the bench Lowrie became expendable.  Hopefully he can put it together for the Astros but he’ll have to stay healthy to be successful, something that he hasn’t been able to do for his whole career.  It’s important to note that the Sox came into the day with 39 men on the 40 man roster.  They’ve opened up a spot so they now currently have two open spots on the roster.

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