11/28/2008 5:42 PM ET
Red Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Wes Littleton from Texas Rangers
For two players to be named later or cash considerations
BOSTON -- The Red Sox today acquired righthanded pitcher Wes Littleton from the Texas Rangers in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
The 26-year-old went 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 12 relief appearances for the Rangers in 2008. He combined to toss 18.0 innings over three separate stints at the major league level. Littleton spent the majority of last season with Triple-A Oklahoma where he posted a 7-1 record with six saves and a 4.01 ERA in 44 games out of the bullpen.
He has limited righthanded opponents to a .236 batting average in his major league career. During his rookie campaign in 2006, the California native held righties to a .157 clip, fourth in the American League among pitchers with at least 30 appearances.
Littleton has also been successful in keeping the ball on the ground, allowing just 15 fly balls last year compared to 31 grounders. Among active hurlers with at least 100.0 innings, he ranks 14th with a career ground ball percentage of 71.5 (196 GB/78 FB).
The righthander is 5-3 with three saves, a 3.69 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 102.1 innings over 80 career relief outings with Texas. In 2006, he went 2-1 with one save and a 1.73 ERA, the 10th-lowest mark in the A.L. 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 in wins, saves, games (35), innings (48.0) and strikeouts (24). Littleton was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and played college ball for Cal State-Fullerton.
With the addition of Littleton, the Red Sox now have 38 players on their major league roster.