Red Sox: Notable August waiver trades in franchise history
By Cody Collins
Red Sox claim LHP Mike Myers from Seattle
When the Red Sox acquired Mike Myers from the Seattle Mariners, he helped bolster a bullpen that was poised for a postseason run. Despite only posting a 4.20 ERA in a Sox uniform, Myers was a vital part of the ’04 World Series champions.
Myers was acquired in order to do one thing – get left-handed hitters out. Fortunately for the Red Sox, Myers did just that. He was called on to face one batter in eleven different situations. He was successful in 9 of 11 chances, proving his worth to Sox fans everywhere.
In the postseason, Myers was not called on often; however, when his number was called, he had great success. At the time, the Yankees had a power hitting lefty, Hideki Matsui. Myers’ job was to eliminate him in that series, doing so on multiple occasions – including a strikeout in Game 5 of the ALCS.
The 2017 Red Sox are in a very similar position to the ’04 club. They could really use a lefty-specialist, so I would not be surprised to see Dombrowski make a similar move.
This isn’t exactly a waiver wire deal that will stick out to the casual Sox fan, but since he contributed to breaking the curse he deserves to be included.