Boston completed a minor league trade yesterday, sending 23-year old shortstop Christian Lara to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 28-year old right-handed reliever Eric Hull.
Hull was used as a starter until 2005, then was moved to the bullpen, where he has excelled (against younger competition). The Red Sox acquired Hull to bolster their bullpen depth, with the recent loss of Kyle Snyder and the impending loss of another pitcher without options when Mike Timlin returns (probably Bryan Corey). He has toiled in the Dodgers system for 6 seasons and pitched just 6 2/3 innings at the Major League level. He has compiled a 3.37 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.64 K/9 over those minor league seasons. Hull is a small pitcher, standing just 5′ 11″ and 190 lbs, but he can hit the low 90s with his fastball and features a hard curve around 78-79 mph. He also experimented with a changeup last season.
Lara, also small at 5′ 11″ and 150 lbs, is a good defensive shortstop, and has flashed some speed. He was once the Red Sox’ top SS prospect, but has failed to develop at the plate as expected, probably suiting him better for the National League. He has not advanced past High-A in four minor league seasons.