After spending 7 years in the Brewers organization, Tyler Thornburg is officially a member of the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox fulfill one of their off season needs in getting the righty bullpen arm in Tyler Thornburg. In 2016, after Jeremy Jeffress got traded, Tyler had to step up as the closer. Last season, he recorded 13 saves with an ERA of 2.15. There is no need for a closer in Boston as last season the Red Sox acquired All Star closer Craig Kimbrel. His contract is quite friendly as Thornburg is entering his first arbitration year so that means the Red Sox have control of his contract over the next 3 seasons.
In this deal the Brewers acquired 3B Travis Shaw, 2 prospects, a player to be named later or cash considerations. Travis Shaw was primarily the starting 3B in Boston, and also has that possibility in Milwaukee. He was with the Red Sox for 2 seasons, but in 2016 he batted a .242 with 16 home runs in one of the hardest parks to hit a home run in. Shaw is also the much needed left handed bat in a heavy right handed lineup.
SS Mauricio Dubon was Boston’s #12 prospect and comes in as the Brewers #9 top prospect. He hit .323 with six home runs, nine triples and 31 doubles in 124 games between two Minor League levels in 2016, reaching Double-A.
RHP Josh Pennington was Boston’s #22 top prospect and the only reason he fell back is because he required Tommy John after high school, but rebounded nicely after that. In Single A he went 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 13 starts with a fastball that can touch 99 mph.
The Brewers are either waiting on a player to be named later or cash considerations, but the deal is official. Tyler Thornburg will be missed and is a part of the re-vamped Boston pitching staff, who earlier required All Star pitcher Chris Sale. Yet another genius move by GM David Stearns.