The Red Sox were busy on Tuesday as they made their first big splash by acquiring relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers in exchange for RHP Josh Pennington, SS Mauricio Dubon and 3B Travis Shaw. Thornburg was phenomenal last season for the Brewers as he posted a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts over 67 innings pitched. He will likely slide into the role of setup man to closer Craig Kimbrel as the Red Sox are now slowly filling in all the weaknesses they had last year.
Thornburg will be under contract until 2020 and is currently only 28 years old. The Red Sox did have to give up starting 3B and a couple of mid tier prospects but they felt this was the right move to make especially with Shaw struggling down the stretch and with a supposedly rejuvenated Pablo Sandoval rehabbing down in the Florida.