The Red Sox have added more pitching depth to their organization this afternoon, and this acquisition is a familiar name.
According to a source familiar with the talks, pitcher Kason Gabbard has been traded back to the Red Sox. While it’s uncertain what the Rangers will receive in return, the Dallas Morning News is reporting it is for cash considerations.
Gabbard, who turned 27 on April 8, began his career with the Red Sox organization in 2000 after he was selected in the 29th round of the amateur draft.
After battling injuries for much of his minor league career, he made his big-league debut with the Sox in 2006, going 1-3 with a 3.51 ERA in seven games (four starts).
A year later, the lefthander was 4-0 with a 3.71 ERA for the Sox in seven starts before being dealt to the Rangers, along with outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre, for reliever Eric Gagne at the July 31 trading deadline.
Gagne was a bust with the Sox and departed as a free agent after the ’07 season, while Gabbard went 4-4 in parts of two seasons with the Rangers. He missed much of last season with an elbow injury, and the Rangers converted him to a reliever in spring training this season.
He was pitching at Triple A Oklahoma City — Tuesday, he allowed six runs in an inning.
The Red Sox have assigned him to Triple A Pawtucket, according to the Morning News report, and are expected to send him to extended spring training, though the club has not confirmed this.
We’ll have more on this as it develops.