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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:14

Red Sox Get Ryan Verdugo From Royals

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As the Red Sox are at a halt and can't currently lose any ground in the standings due to the All-Star break they, knew they had to make some sort of move to upgrade their team in some capacity.

This coming out of Kansas City, the Boston Red Sox have acquired left handed pitcher, Ryan Verdugo, from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

Verdugo has very limited experience pitching in the majors so it doesn't seem like he will be up this year. In his only every big league appearance, which was last season, Verdugo allowed six runs while getting teed off of for eight hits in only 1 2/3 innings for Kansas City.

Verdugo has been average at best this season while pitching for Triple A Omaha. Verdugo has a 4.24 ERA, 44 strikeouts, 14 walks in 46 2/3 innings so far this season. He is only surrendering a .228 opponents batting average on the bright side.

The current bullpen lefties at the MLB level for Boston include:

Andrew Miller: 43 games, 3-5, 2.23 ERA, 36.1 innings, 12 walks and 58 strikeouts

Craig Breslow: 32 games, 2-2, 5.13 ERA(had a 1.81 ERA last year), 33 innings, 22 walks and 22 strikeouts

Felix Doubront: 13 games and 10 games started, 2-4, 5.17 ERA, 55.2 innings, 23 walks and 39 strikeouts

So with current Red Sox pitchers struggling and Chris Capuano gone, Verdugo may get a chance to prove himself down the road if their current lefties keep these antics up.

Verdugo, 27, was a 9th round pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2008 Amateur Draft.