Red Sox Acquire Reliever Matt Thornton from White Sox

Red Sox news release…


 

BOSTON, MA – The
Boston Red Sox today acquired left-hander Matt Thornton and cash
considerations from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league
outfielder Brandon Jacobs.

 

To
make room for Thornton on the 40-man roster, left-hander Andrew Miller
(left foot sprain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

 

Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

 

A
2010 American League All-Star, Thornton, 36, has gone 0-3 with a 3.86
ERA (12 ER/28.0IP) in 40 appearances for the White Sox this season. He
has recorded 18 holds this year, which are tied for fourth most among
all AL relievers. Thornton, a 10-year major league veteran, is the White
Sox all-time leader in relief appearances (512), and holds (164), and
ranks second in strikeouts (486).

 

Since
2008, he leads all major league left-handed relievers in strikeouts
(382). Since the start of the 2006 season, he leads all AL relievers in
games (512), innings pitched (463.1), and is second in strikeouts (486).

 

Originally
a first-round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 1998 June Draft,
Thornton has pitched for the Mariners (2004-05) and White Sox
(2006-13). Over his big league career, he has gone 32-41 with 23 saves, a
3.53 ERA (217 ER/553.0 IP), and 573 strikeouts in 586 games (one
start).  His 441 career scoreless appearances are the most among major
league left-handers since the start of 2004.  He has pitched 3.1
scoreless innings over three career postseason appearances, all with the
White Sox in 2008.

 

Jacobs, 23, was a 10th-round
selection by Boston in the 2009 June Draft. He began the season at
High-A Salem and was promoted to Double-A Portland in late June. Between
both clubs, he has combined to hit .246 (73-for-297) with 24 doubles,
one triple, 11 home runs, 44 RBI, 33 walks and 90 strikeouts in 83
games. For his professional career, he has appeared in 384 games, and
has hit .265 (380-for-1436) with 106 doubles, six triples, 47 home runs,
216 RBI, and 138 walks.
Prior to being drafted by the Red Sox in 2009, he had committed to
Auburn University as a football recruit at the running back position.

 

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