Red Sox close 2020 Winter Meetings with less-than-blockbuster move

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator maybe the Red Sox didn't have anyone named to the "star-studded 2020 All-MLB Team."

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And maybe the 2020 Winter Meetings ended without Chaim Bloom pulling the trigger on a major trade (or even a minor one for that matter).

Still, the Red Sox did make a move by grabbing right-handed pitcher Garrett Whitlock from the New York Yankees with the fourth pick of the first round of the Rule 5 Draft. It was one of seven players plucked from the Yankees roster. If you keep track of such things, Boston did not lose a single player in this year's draft.

Unless you REALLY follow minor league baseball, you've probably never heard of Whitlock. And even if you do follow the minors, Whitlock hasn't had a full season since 2018 due to Tommy John Surgery in 2019, and no minor league season this past year.

Whitlock was drafted by New York in 2017 and in his 42 minor league appearances, he is 12-8 with a 2.41 ERA. He also averaged 8.8 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine innings.

Barring an injury, the Red Sox will have to keep Whitlock on the major league roster in 2021 or have to offer him back to the Yankees. Boston's plan is currently to have Whitlock as an option out of the bullpen in 2021.

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