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Potential Red Sox target Ryan Pressly goes to Astros

Rob Bradford
July 28, 2018 - 11:16 am

The Astros are taking some subtle digs at the Red Sox.

First, Houston acquired catcher Martin Maldonado from the Angels, in part to potentially counter the running games of the Red Sox and Indians. And now the Astros got reliever Ryan Pressly.

Pressly might not have been one of the bigger names out there, but the Red Sox were showing interest in the righty. Not only has been reliable late-inning guy but he has also shown the ability to get out left-handed hitters, a role the Sox are currently searching to lock down.

Pressly has allowed lefty hitters a .217 batting average and .636 OPS. He also has managed to strike out 13 batters per nine innings while walking only 3.6 per nine.

Another bonus? He is making just $1.6 million this season with another year of arbitration eligibility. And that's why the Twins got the haul they did, reeling in the Astros No. 10 (Jorge Alcala) and No. 15 (Gilberto Celestino) in the deal. (For more on the Pressly trade, click here.)

The Red Sox did get the upper-hand on the Astros earlier in the week, trading for Nathan Eovaldi who Houston was in on until the end. (For more on that chase, click here.)

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