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Red Sox trade for veteran pitcher Peacock, currently in minors

Red Sox

Aiming to shore up bullpen depth ahead of the September stretch run, the Boston Red Sox acquired a veteran arm Monday who's spent all this season in the minors.

The team announced it had acquired right-hander Brad Peacock, who's been pitching for Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2021, in exchange for cash considerations.

The 33-year-old Peacock, who pitched for the Houston Astros from 2013-2020, is 0-4 with a 7.68 earned run average over 34 innings for Columbus this season.

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Peacock appeared in 178 games over eight seasons for the Astros, making 81 starts. His best year came in 2017, when Houston won the World Series, going 13-2 with a 3.00 earned run average over 34 appearances (21 starts). He pitched exclusively as a reliever once the Astros got to the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, making four appearances and earning a save over 7 1/3 innings with a 2.45 ERA.

Peacock was originally a 41st-round pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2006 MLB Draft.

The Red Sox (75-57) began Monday eight games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East and two games behind the New York Yankees. They're 2.5 games ahead of the Oakland A's for the second wild-card spot in the AL.