Baseball America: September trade analysis
Red Sox make last-minute deal for Stanton
Sept. 29: Just four days remain in the regular season, but the Red Sox decided that the tight American League playoff race made a trade worthwhile. Boston picked up Mike Stanton from the Nationals in exchange for a pair of teenage right-handers, Rhys Taylor and Yader Peralta.
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Stanton, 38, gives the Red Sox another lefty in their bullpen and returns to Boston after pitching there in 1995-96. He opened this season with the Yankees, who released him on June 30, and joined the Nationals on July 13. He has a combined 3-3, 4.75 record in 58 games. He has a 26-15 strikeout-walk ratio in 42 innings, with opponents hitting .294 with three homers against him. He's still effective against lefties (.232 average, .523 OPS), but has been hammered by righties (.358, 1.035) this year. Stanton's best pitch is probably his slider, and he also throws a fastball that sits around 90 mph and a splitter. He's making $4 million in 2005, the final season of a three-year, $9 million contract. He has a career record of 60-53, 3.80 with 76 saves in 1,026 games.
Taylor, 19, signed out of Australia in 2004. He made his U.S. debut in 2005, going 2-2, 1.49 in 11 games (five starts) in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He had a 15-7 K-BB ratio in 36 innings, and gave up a .209 opponent average and one homer. Very projectable at 6-foot-3 and 154 pounds, he has some movement on an 86-88 mph fastball and has begun to develop a slider.
Peralta, 19, signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2003. He spent 2005 shuttling between low Class A Greenville, the GCL and short-season Lowell. His combined record was 2-3, 4.57 with four saves in 27 games. In 45 innings, he posted a 34-14 K-BB ratio while yielding a .273 average and no homers. He uses a deceptive low three-quarters delivery and throws an 86-88 mph fastball, a slider and a splitter.