The Boston Red Sox today signed right-handed pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year contract through the 2011 season. Additionally, the club sent infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson to the San Diego Padres, completing the December 6 trade in which the Red Sox acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Albers, 27, compiled a 5-3 record with a 4.52 ERA (38 ER/75.2 IP) and 49 strikeouts over a career-high 62 relief appearances with Baltimore in 2010. He tossed more than 1.0 inning on 25 occasions last season, tops among American League relievers, and also ranked among the best in the league in innings pitched, winning percentage and ground ball/fly ball ratio . Selected by Houston in the 23rd round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander is 15-25 with a 5.11 ERA and 206 strikeouts over 181 career Major League appearances (23 starts) with the Astros (2006-07) and Orioles (2008-10).
Patterson hit .226 with two home runs and seven RBI in 45 games with the Red Sox in 2010 after being acquired from Oakland on June 26. Between the two clubs, the 27-year-old compiled a .214 average while establishing career highs in most counting stats, including games (90), at-bats (187), runs (26), hits (40), doubles (8), triples (5), home runs (6), RBI (16) and stolen bases (11). He owns a .224 clip with eight home runs, 42 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 30 attempts over 179 career Major League games with the Cubs (2007-08), Athletics (2008-10) and Red Sox (2010).
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