According to Evan Drelich of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have acquired reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers, in exchange for first baseman Travis Shaw, minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon and minor league pitcher Josh Pennington. The Red Sox had been rumored to be in the market for relief help at this years Winter Meetings.
Thornburg, 28, was a 3rd round pick of the Brewers in the 2010 MLB Draft and has spent his entire career with club since breaking into the majors in 2012. Thornburg took a massive step forward this past season, going 8-5 with a 2.15 ERA in 67 appearances. He also saw his strikeout rate skyrocket to 12.1 strikeouts per 9 innings and ended up settling into the closer role, recording 13 saves. Thornburg will be under Red Sox control for at least the next three years.
Shaw, 26, was a former 9th round pick of the Red Sox in the 2011 MLB Draft and broke into the majors with the team last season. Shaw stepped into the starting role at third base in Boston, after Pablo Sandoval struggled with injury and consistency, and the move payed off. Shaw hit .242, with 16 home runs and 71 runs batted in 145 games played last season in Boston. Shaw will likely take over at 3rd base for the Brewers, but also can play his natural 1st base position.
Dubon, 22, was one of the most remarkable success stories in the Red Sox system, after being taken in the 26th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, and blossoming into a top prospect. Dubon hit .339 with 6 home runs and 40 runs batted in during his time in AA Portland last season, and can play 3rd base, shortstop and 2nd base if needed.
Pennington, 21, was a gamble selection in the 29th round of the 2014 MLB Draft after coming off Tommy Joh Surgery, but has begun to find his arm again. Pennington spent last season in Short Season A Lowell, going 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 13 starts for the club. Known for a blazing fastball, his future could lie in the bullpen should arm injuries continue to plague him.
The move gives the Brewers added minor league depth and a starting caliber bat right now, while the Red Sox get the young, elite, controllable reliever they have been looking for. The Red Sox will likely turn their attention to adding a power bat, while the Brewers could seek veteran bullpen help.null