The Red Sox picked up an ex-Yankees reliever today to help vanquish his former team this weekend.
The Red Sox today acquired left-handed reliever Mike Stanton from the Nationals for right-handed pitchers Rhys Taylor and Yader Peralta, the team said. Stanton will not be eligible for the postseason roster, meaning he’ll be a member of the Red Sox for four days.
“A situation may arise where he’s a better option than what we have,” Red Sox GM Theo Epstein told the Globe’s Chris Snow. “Hopefully he can help us in a spot in the next few days. There aren’t too many guys you can bring in under these circumstances and be sure he won’t be afraid. We’re confident we’re going to get the best of him.”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Stanton was expected to be at Fenway in time for tonight’s game, but with the heavy rain and wind in the area Stanton may be delayed.
To make room for Stanton on the 40-man roster, righthander Wade Miller was transferred to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day disabled list.
The 38-year-old Stanton was released by the Yankees in late June after racking up a hefty 7.07 ERA in 28 games. The Nationals in mid-July picked up Stanton, who had more success in Washington. He went 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 30 appearances for the Nats. In 58 combined appearances, the left-handed specialist Stanton is 3-3 with a 4.75 ERA.
An acquisition this late in the season (the Sox have four games left on the schedule) is highly irregular. However, it should be noted that left-handers are hitting .232 against Stanton this season, so he may be called on face one of the Yankees’ tough lefties (Hideki Matsui, Jason Giambi, to name two) this weekend. Mike Myers and Lenny DiNardo are currently the only lefties in the Sox ‘pen.
“We’d like to thank Mike for the fine job he did not only in our bullpen, but with the knowledge and leadership he shared with our young pitchers,” Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said. “We are pleased to acquire two young pitchers with good arms.”
This will be Stanton’s second tour of duty with the Red Sox, though it will be a short one. He made 22 appearances for the Sox in 1995, posting a 3.00 ERA. He also made 59 appearances for the Sox in 1996.
Taylor was 2-2 with a 1.49 ERA in five starts and six relief appearances for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox this season. Peralta was 2-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 27 games between the Gulf Coast League, Single-A Greenville and Single-A Lowell.