Sox Sign P Craig Breslow

BOSTON, MA—The
Boston Red Sox today signed left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow to a
two-year contract plus a club option for 2015.  Breslow had been
eligible for salary arbitration.  The announcement was made by Executive
Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.

 

In
63 combined appearances between the Diamondbacks and Red Sox last
season, Breslow, 32, went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Following his July 31
acquisition from Arizona in exchange for Matt Albers and Scott
Podsednik, Breslow made 23 appearances for Boston, 20 of which were
scoreless.  In addition, with the Red Sox, he held opponents to a .206
average (14-for-68), which included a .184 mark (7-for-38) against
left-handed hitters.  The 2012 season marked the second stint in the Red
Sox organization for Breslow, who also pitched for Boston in 2006 and
for Triple-A Pawtucket in both 2006 and 2007.

 

Breslow,
a native of New Haven, CT, and a Yale graduate, has made 60 or more
appearances in each of the last four seasons for a total of 282, which
rank fourth-most among all major league relievers since 2009.  Among
active major league left-handers with 300.0 innings pitched, he ranks
third in opponents batting average (.225) and fourth in ERA (3.00).

 

Originally selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th
round of the 2002 June draft, Breslow has a 15-17 record with a 3.00
ERA in 358 career games in the majors with the Padres (2005), Red Sox
(2006, 2012), Indians (2008), Twins (2008-09), Athletics (2009-11), and
Diamondbacks (2012).  For his Red Sox career, he is 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA
in 36 appearances.