Acquire Phillies’ RHP Pat Neshek
This is a headline that many Red Sox fans have anticipated seeing for a few weeks. Neshek has been excellent in Philadelphia, certainly out performing his one year deal. He’s posted a sub-two ERA and has flourished in a set-up role. Due to Neshek’s first-half success, there will be plenty of competition for the odd throwing right-hander.
There have been multiple teams linked to Neshek already, including the Red Sox. The 36-year-old is a one-year rental for any team that is looking to acquire him, so the return will be limited. Teams such as the Nationals, Dodgers, and Brewers have also been connected to him – leaving the market quite crowded.
Keep in mind that Dombrowski also acquired submarine pitcher, Brad Ziegler, last year. This doesn’t solidify the Sox interest in Neshek; however, it is a viable comparison. Ziegler and Neshek have similar styles and Neshek would be a great fit in Boston.
The Sox bullpen has had consistent success, ranking in the upper echelon in the league, but they are lacking a veteran presence in the late innings. The former Houston Astros’ reliever would provide some stability and a veteran presence in the later innings – and would prime the bullpen for a run through October.