With Andrew Miller on the disabled list, Craig Breslow is the lone lefty in the bullpen. But trade rumors have it that the Red Sox are looking to change that.
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According to a tweet from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is on the "long Red Sox list of possible bullpen targets." Rosenthal also said that the Atlanta Braves are looking at Thornton but that their interest is "limited."
The 36-year-old southpaw currently has an ERA of 3.04 with 20 strikeouts in 26 and 2/3 innings. Left-handed batters are hitting .229 against him.
The only qualms the Sox should have about Thornton have to do with his age. Thirty-six is getting up there as far as pitchers go. Thornton's numbers aren't terrible, but they aren't the best, and you would have to assume that they would decline sometime soon.
There's no word on who the Sox would trade for Thornton, but they risk trading someone younger for someone who might only be able to give them a year. But for what we know, Thornton does seem to be a solid pick.