By Will Yoder
December 14, 2011

The Boston Red Sox have traded infielder Jed Lowrie and prospect Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros in return for closer Mark Melancon, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

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The move was made by the Red Sox to sure up their bullpen after losing veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency. Last season in 71 appearances Melancon recorded 20 saves while posting a 2.78 ERA.

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