Brent Lillibridge acquired by Indians
Versatile infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge is headed for his third team of the 2012 season. The Indians have acquired him from the Red Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jose De La Torre.
|Lillibridge heads back to the AL Central. (Getty Images)|
Lillibridge was designated for assignment last week, so he had to go somewhere. The mostly-insignificant news here is three-fold:
1. Where he's going. We now know it's the Indians.
2. The Red Sox's return: De La Torre is a relief pitcher with a 2.80 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 45 innings in Double-A this season.
3. The ramifications of the Kevin Youkilis trade. In a roundabout way, this means the Red Sox got back De La Torre and Zach Stewart for Youkilis. Stewart has a 3.81 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in five starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Considering Lillibridge was basically worthless in his time for the Red Sox and neither De La Torre or Stewart are considered high-upside guys, it's looking more and more like the Red Sox just gave Youkilis away.
As for the Indians, they're likely hoping for a return to 2011 form from Lillibridge. In 216 plate appearances for the White Sox, he hit .258/.340/.505 with 13 homers and also provided good defense at several spots.