Report: Red Sox Acquire Astros Closer Mark Melancon

Wednesday December 14th, 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. Lowrie, 27, served as a utility infielder for the Red Sox in 2011. In 88 games he hit .252.303/.382 with six home runs and 36 RBI. Weiland, 25, posted an 8-10 record with a 3.58 ERA in 24 starts for the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket.

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