Sox claim Vasquez from Detroit; Velazquez released

The Red Sox claimed 26-year old pitcher Virgil Vasquez off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers a couple of days ago. The righthander appears to be a solid pitcher with good control and a fair but unimpressive strikeout rate. He has played at AAA Toledo the past two seasons, winning the Mud Hens’ Pitcher of the Year Award in 2007, when he went 12-5 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out a very solid 127 men in 155 IP. He just appears to be a decent all-around pitcher, and will likely fill a role similar to David Pauley this year.

29-year old Gil Velazquez, who made his Major League debut with the Sox this year, cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. He chose to become a free agent rather than accept reassignment to the Minor Leagues.


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