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Red Sox Acquire Reliever Matt Thornton From the White Sox

Bob Levey/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Boston Red Sox bullpen has been so decimated by injuries, they felt like they had to go out and make a trade, and they've done just that. The team has acquired lefty reliever Matt Thornton from the Chicago White Sox.

To get Thornton, the Red Sox gave up minor leaguer Brandon Jacobs.

With injuries to Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Miller, and others to injuries, the team hopes that Thornton can help solidify a struggling Red Sox bullpen.

Thornton had spent the previous seven seasons with the White Sox, but he's not the pitcher he used to be. Despite his diminished skills, Thornton can still be used as an effect lefty-specialist. Right handed hitters are hitting .320 against Thornton, but righties are hitting just .173 off of him.

"You don't go into July hoping to trade for a reliever," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said on Friday night. "But we are what we are. We've had a lot of attrition in that area, and when Andrew went down, that probably increased our urgency."

Cherington also pointed out that the reason they traded for Thornton before the July 31 trade deadline was because of the team's tough schedule coming out of the All-Star break.

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