On the first day of winter meetings, Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox had made their first move. And that move was acquiring their newest 8th inning set up man, Tyler Thornburg.
Thornburg was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers earlier today for Red Sox infielder Travis Shaw along with infield prospect Mauricio Dubon and Single-A pitcher, Josh Pennington.
Thornburg is a 28-year-old righty who hurls absolute heat. Last season with Milwaukee, the 28 year old finished the season posting a 2.15 ERA accompanied by 13 saves through 67 innings pitched.
Thornburg’s role with his former team last season was altered at the trade deadline when they had sent their then closer Jeremy Jeffress to the Texas Rangers making him the replacement.
With the likelihood of Boston bringing back the beloved Koji Uehara being slim to none, Thornburg will assume his role as the 8th inning set up man. His use will also be valuable on nights where Red Sox current closer, Craig Kimbrel, would not be able to enter the game.
Overall, I like this move. It was a good way to get the winter meetings going. Dombrowski tends to lay out what he wants, and gets it.
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