Red Sox find second lefty for bullpen

By Jim Callis
August 6, 2004

Looking for a second lefty reliever to team with Alan Embree in their bullpen, the Red Sox have given big league opportunities to Jimmy Anderson, Lenny DiNardo, Bobby M. Jones, Mark Malaska and Phil Seibel this year. Still not satisfied, Boston turned to another option on Friday, acquiring Mike Myers from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Myers, 35, is a true lefty specialist, having worked just 404 innings in 659 major league games. A sidearmer, he goes after lefties with a sinker and slider. He was once effective against righthanders by coming inside aggressively with a mid-80s fastball, but they have adjusted and teed off on him in the last three years. He has gone 4-1, 4.88 in 50 appearances this year, with a 23-17 strikeout-walk ratio in 28 innings. Opponents have batted .279 with three homers against him, and righties have lit him up for a .316 average and .926 on-base plus slugging percentage. Myers, who’s making $550,000 this season, will become a free agent afterward. He has a career record of 16-21, 4.41 with four saves.

Trading Myers cleared a roster spot for Korean righthander Cha Baek, one of Seattle’s better pitching prospects. He was set to join the Mariners in Tampa Bay today.

Update: The Red Sox completed the deal by sending cash considerations to the Mariners.