Red Sox acquire Matt Thornton from White Sox in trade

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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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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