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Sox acquire RP Brendan Donnelly

Sox trade RP Phil Siebel to Anahiem angels for RP Brendan Donnelly:

Donnelly, 35, has compiled a 23-8 record and a 2.87 ERA with 295 strikeouts in 295 innings over 276 relief appearances with the Angels in the last five seasons. His .742 winning percentage in that span ranks as the best among all major league relievers with at least 20 decisions. He has 20 victories in the last three years, tied for the third most relief wins in the majors from 2004-06.

Among Angels pitchers who have appeared in at least 100 career games, Donnelly has the fifth lowest earned run average while averaging the fifth most strikeouts per nine innings (9.00). He ranks sixth on the team's all-time list for relief wins and is ninth in total appearances. Opponents are batting just .219 lifetime versus Donnelly and he has held the opposition to a .214 average with runners in scoring position. He has 74 holds and has permitted just 21.3% (32 of 150) inherited runners to score.

Donnelly is solid and we didn't have to give up a lot to get him. Seibel wasn't going anywhere in our system so it was a good move to ship him out. He should slot into the bullpen nicely, but his he closer material? I'm not quite sure.