Craig Breslow

Craig Breslow not going to be 'consumed' by trade talk

Rob Bradford
July 22, 2015 - 8:58 am

HOUSTON -- Craig Breslow has gone through this before, so he knows how it works. Back in 2012, with his Diamondbacks just 3 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West, Breslow was shipped to the Red Sox for Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik. It was the big non-waiver trade deadline move for the Red Sox that year (with the big Dodgers deal coming a few weeks later). "I actually felt like that was the least likely year to get traded," said Breslow, who had a 2.70 ERA in 40 games for Arizona before being dealt. "I thought I was throwing well. We were a few games out. And then I found out when a teammate saw it on Twitter, that kind of thing. It totally caught me by surprise." Now, thanks in part to a one-year contract with the Red Sox that runs out at the end of the season, Breslow is a candidate to be dealt at the deadline. The lefty carries a 3.74 ERA in 28 games this season, carrying good health and better velocity than he has in some time. With the Red Sox floundering at 10 games out of first place, and 10 games under .500, Breslow joins fellow contract-year teammates Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli has potential deadline targets. For Breslow, this time is a bit different considering he and his wife just welcomed twins into the world. He also feels a connection to the team he helped win a world championship with two seasons ago, re-committing to the Sox this past offseason with a $2 million deal. Yet the 34-year-old also understands the deal this time of year. "I feel like it just doesn't do any good to become too consumed by it," Breslow said. "I spent some time worrying about what was going to happen, and then some time where it was the furthest thing from my mind. If it happens, it happens. All trades can be taken a couple of different ways. On the one side, a team is no longer interested in your services, and on the other hand there's a team that's willing to give up pieces to get you. I feel like we have a handful of games before that and I think we all like the team that we've got. "It's not a decision I get paid to make."