Detroit Tigers

Red Sox add LHP Matt Hall via trade with Tigers, designate Travis Lakins for assignment

Red Sox add LHP Matt Hall via trade with Tigers, designate Travis Lakins for assignment

The Boston Red Sox made their second trade of the week Friday.

The Sox acquired left-handed reliever Matt Hall from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league catcher Jhon Nunez.

Hall appeared in 21 games for the Tigers the past two seasons. He was 0-1 with a 9.48 ERA, 32 strikeouts, 18 walks and a 2.07 WHIP in 31 1/3 innings in that span. Hall made his major league debut for Detroit in 2018.

To make room for Hall on the team's 40-man roster, the team designated right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins for assignment, per Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic.

Lakins, 25, made his major league debut in 2019 and logged 16 appearances for the Red Sox. He went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings of work.

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On Wednesday, the Red Sox traded first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis to the Texas Rangers in exchange for left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs, while also designating lefty pitcher Bobby Poyner for assignment.

MLB Rumors: Red Sox' top advisor in Detroit for Marcus Stroman's start

MLB Rumors: Red Sox' top advisor in Detroit for Marcus Stroman's start

The Yankees weren't the only American League East team to send scouts to Friday night's Blue Jays-Tigers matchup in Detroit.

The Red Sox sent their top advisor to watch trade candidate Marcus Stroman take the mound for Toronto, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. 

Stroman, who entered Friday's game with a 5-10 record and 3.25 ERA on the year, is one of the top pitchers rumored to be available with the July 31 trade deadline approaching.

The Red Sox acquiring Stroman seems improbable, however, as president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said they may stand pat following their deal for starter Andrew Cashner. Plus, Boston likely doesn't have the prospects to put together an attractive trade package for the 28-year-old right-hander.

As Morosi notes, there's a chance the Red Sox' advisor is in Detroit for a chance to see Tigers closer Shane Greene in action. The 30-year-old has been one of the best relievers in the game this season and would provide a major boost to a Boston bullpen that has struggled mightily.

While pitching undoubtedly remains the priority, don't rule out the Red Sox trading for a right-handed hitter. White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is one name to keep an eye on with the deadline only 12 days away.

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Highlights from the Red Sox 6-3 win over the Tigers

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Highlights from the Red Sox 6-3 win over the Tigers

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 6, Tigers 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox finished off a sweep of the Tigers thanks to another solid day from their offense. Christian Vazquez cracked a two-run homer while David Price allowed just one run to notch his 150th career win.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 49-41

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

Nick Castellanos doubled to left, Reyes scored (1-0 DET)

2nd inning

Christian Vazquez hit a two-run home run to right, Martinez scored (2-1 BOS)

5th inning

Xander Bogaerts doubled to left, Betts and Hernandez scored (4-1 BOS)

Andrew Benintendi singled to center, Bogaerts scored (5-1 BOS)

8th inning

J.D. Martinez scores on a wild pitch (6-1 BOS)

Brandon Dixon blasts 2-run shot off Ryan Brasier (6-3 BOS)

UP NEXT:

ALL-STAR BREAK

Vs. Dodgers, Friday, July 12, 7:10 p.m., NESN
Vs. Dodgers, Saturday, July 13, 7:15 p.m., FOX
Vs. Dodgers, Sunday, July 14, 7:08 p.m, ESPN

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