Breslow, Craig- #25
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Size: 6'1", 190 lbs
Acquired: Via trade on July 31st, 2012 with Arizona for Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik
Contract: $4,000,000 (FA-2015)
Comments: When Breslow was acquired last year for Albers + Podsednik (basically roster fodder) I thouht it was a good move. Not an Earth-shaking move by any means but Breslow was a lefty with a pretty good track record and certainly more valuable than what we traded away. He went on to pitch some solid innings for the disappointing 2012 club and in 2013 looked to be a solid member of the bullpen. Breslow impressed in 2013 and then some. He didn't clear 60 IP (59.2), but he managed a 226 ERA+ in the innings he pitched and gave the Sox a solid late-inning option from the left side. Breslow is your atypical lefty in that he had a better split vs. righties than vs. same-handed batters in 2013 and for his career his opponent OPS splits read almost identical from either side (0.644/0.642). What stands out in the minds of most Red Sox fans were not his 59.2 remarkable IPs during the regular season but the big innings he provided in the ALDS and ALCS. Breslow's pitching repertoire is pretty deep as he mixes in a cutter, slider, fastball and a change (the cutter is a more recent pitch for Breslow and it's the option he went to more often in 2013)
- This is Breslow's 2nd stint with the Red Sox, having pitched for the club back in 2006 for 12 innings after signing as a Free Agent in the off-season. He languished in Pawtucket for most of 2006/2007 before moving onto the Indians via waivers.
- Breslow comes from the vaunted "Ivy League" having attended Yale University
- Breslow was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2002 draft.
Season Outlook: Breslow again looks to be a critical player in the deep bullpen for John Farrell. As mentioned above he's not a LOOGY and can be used against both sides for a full inning of work. He figures to be in the mix for the 7th inning with some 8th inning appearances as well.