The Red Sox made their big move of the deadline late Thursday night, getting Kyle Schwarber in a trade with the Nationals. It seemed they still had work to do on Friday, though, with the deadline looming at 4:00 PM ET. They waited until the last second, and the acquisition was not exactly one of the best on the market, but they have gotten a little more bullpen help. Jeff Passan reported they acquired right-handed reliever Hansel Robles for right-handed pitching prospect Alex Scherff.
Hansel Robles goes to the Red Sox, source tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
#MNTwins traded RHP Hansel Robles to the Boston Red Sox for RHP Alex Scherff.— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) July 30, 2021
Robles has had some experience in the late innings, though he hasn’t exactly performed to that level over the last couple of seasons, including 2021. This season he has pitched to a 4.91 ERA over 44 innings, striking out 43 batters to go with 24 walks. He will add a little depth into the middle relief tier of the Red Sox bullpen, but is unlikely to factor much into the late-inning situation.
In return, the Red Sox have dealt right-handed prospect Alex Scherff. A former fifth round pick, he was originally drafted as a starter but that didn’t really work out. This season, they have transferred him to a full-time relief role, and that has served him much better. Over 29 1⁄3 innings split between Greenville and Portland, he’s pitched to a 2.45 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 13 walks.
We’ll have more on this deal and deals that were not done in a few days, but for now I’m on a mini vacation, so here’s a thread to discuss all of that.