So it might not exactly be the trade that everyone was anticipating with the Rangers — though there’s still time for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden — the Sox did make a trade with Texas today.
The Red Sox acquired righthanded pitcher Wes Littleton this afternoon from the Rangers for two players to be named later or cash considerations. The Sox have been high on his arm for a while, making him a candidate to make the Boston bullpen. But because Littleton is out of options, the return to the Rangers is not expected to be terribly high.
The 26-year-old sidearmer is 5-3 with three saves, a 3.69 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 102.1 innings over 80 career relief outings with Texas. He had a 6.00 ERA in 18 innings for the Rangers last season, spending most of the season at Triple A Oklahoma, where he went 7-1 with a 4.01 ERA and six saves in 44 games.
Littleton has limited righthanded opponents to a .236 batting average in his major league career. During 2006, his rookie season, he held righties to a .157 clip, fourth in the American League among pitchers with at least 30 appearances. That season, he went 2-1 with one save and a 1.73 ERA, the 10th-lowest mark in the AL among relievers with at least 30 appearances and fourth among major league rookies in that category.
He was 3-2 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA in 2007, establishing career highs games (35), innings (48.0) and strikeouts (24).
With the addition of Littleton, the Red Sox now have 38 players on their 40-man roster
Littleton’s main claim to fame is earning a save with three scoreless innings in the Rangers’ 30-3 victory over the Orioles on Aug. 22, 2007. He entered the game with a 14-3 lead.
Chad Finn of the Globe staff contributed to this report.