The Red Sox today announced that the team has acquired righthanded pitcher Brendan Donnelly from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Phil Seibel.
The Red Sox released the following details on the announcement:
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.
In 2006, the righthander was 6-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 62 appearances with righthanders hitting just .204. He has won his last nine decisions dating back to August 12, 2005, a club record for a reliever.
Donnelly set career bests with nine wins and 65 appearances in 2005. He was limited to 40 games in 2004 after missing the Angels’ first 64 contests of the season due to a fractured nose.
Donnelly had a spectacular start in 2003, allowing just two earned runs in his first 50 innings of work with the lowest ERA (0.38) by a regular major league reliever at the All-Star break in 14 seasons. The performance earned him a spot on the American League All-Star team, and he was the winning pitcher in the AL’s 7-6 victory at Chicago. He finished the year with a 1.58 ERA and a career best three saves.
Donnelly made his major league debut with the Angels in 2002 after ten minor league seasons with nine different organizations, including two independent teams. He posted a 2.17 ERA in 40 appearances and topped AL relievers by stranding 88 percent (30-34) of his inherited runners. Donnelly finished the year with 7.2 scoreless innings in five World Series appearances versus San Francisco. He signed with Anaheim as a minor league free agent in January 2001.
Seibel combined for a 6-3 record and 1.24 ERA in 22 games/13 starts for three Red Sox farm clubs in 2006. After missing all of 2005 due to ligament reconstruction surgery on his left elbow, he opened 2006 by going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts at Single-A Greenville. Seibel was promoted to Double-A Portland on April 26 and posted a 2-3 record and 1.20 ERA in nine starts for the Sea Dogs. The lefthander joined Triple-A Pawtucket on July 15 and was 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in nine relief outings the rest of the year.
Seibel had spent the last three seasons in the Boston organization after being claimed on waivers from the New York Mets in November 2003. He pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in two games with the Red Sox in 2004.