-The Boston Red Sox traded right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo on Monday to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Wily Mo Pena.
Arroyo (above) was 14-10 with a 4.51 ERA last season. He was part of a deep group of Red Sox starters and had taken a home-team discount when he signed a three-year contract worth $11.25 million on Jan. 19.
Pena batted .254 with 19 homers and 51 RBIs last season and struck out 116 times with 20 walks. A 24-year-old right-handed hitter, he could play right field instead of lefty Trot Nixon when left-handers pitch against Boston.
Without the 29-year-old Arroyo, Boston still has Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett, Matt Clement, David Wells and Jon Papelbon as starters. Arroyo, who pitched five shutout innings Sunday after struggling in his first three exhibition appearances, was expected to start the season in the bullpen.
“They have a surplus of seven starting pitchers in their mind and I agree,” Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. “They needed a right-handed bat to complement Trot Nixon. It all fell into place rather quickly. (Boston general manager) Theo Epstein and I have been talking about this for three or four days.”
Presumably, yesterday’s rumored Matt Clement/Craig Wilson deal is no longer in the cards.