Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The Boston Red Sox acquired relief pitcher Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros for infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland.
Melancon, 26, was selected by the New York Yankees in the 2006 amateur draft and appeared in 15 games for the team. He was dealt to Houston in 2010 for Lance Berkman.
In 71 games last season, the right-hander had a 2.78 earned run average with 20 saves in 25 opportunities. Jonathan Papelbon, Boston’s primary closer since 2006, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies last month.
Lowrie, 27, hit .252 with 19 home runs and 110 runs scored in parts of four seasons with the Red Sox. Weiland, 25, was 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in seven games last season, his first in the major leagues.
The deal was announced by new Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington.
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