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Red Sox acquire Matt Thornton from White Sox in trade

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Matt Thornton heads to Boston to fill Andrew Miller's void.
Matt Thornton heads to Boston to fill Andrew Miller's void. (USATSI)

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The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Matt Thornton in a trade from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor-league outfielder Brandon Jacobs and cash considerations, the Red Sox announced Friday night.

According to's Jon Heyman, the White Sox sent just $750,000 to the Red Sox, so Boston gets to take care of the rest of Thornton's approximately $3.5 million left this season.

Thornton, 36, has a 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 28 innings this season. He was one of the better setup men in baseball from 2008-10, making the AL All-Star team in 2010.

Thornton may not be dominant, but he's still tough on lefties, having held left-handed hitters to a line of .173/.232/.385 this season.

The Red Sox were in need of adding a left-handed bullpen piece after losing Andrew Miller for the rest of the season due to a foot injury.

Jacobs, 22, is hitting .246/.334/.444 in 83 minor-league games this season (81 in High-A, two in Double-A). He has 24 doubles and 11 homers in 341 plate appearances.

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