According to Jon Heyman, moments ago, the Red Sox traded for Minnesota Twins left-handed reliever Fernando Abad. Abad, who is not a free agent until 2018, has had a fantastic season with the Twins. In 39 games, Abad has a 2.65 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 34 innings. This season, against lefties, Abad has a slash line of 163/.192/.265.
The Red Sox will be sending reliever Pat Light in return, a hard-throwing 25-year-old right handed reliever. Light has the ability to become a very good pitcher, but he is not going to help this team in the next couple of months.
This move also makes the bullpen quite crowded, which could mean that Joe Kelly or Clay Buchholz could be traded by the 4 PM Trade Deadline. Prior to today, it was reported that the Miami Marlins were interested in Clay Buchholz, but the price was too high. Look for those rumors to continue as we approach the deadline.
Furthermore, this gives the Red Sox the bullpen help that they were looking for. Now, the Red Sox can sit back and focus on acquiring Chris Sale if they choose to do so.