Red Sox Deal Pair of Relievers to Phillies Ahead of MLB Trade Deadline

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By WEEI 93.7

The trade deadline has officially kicked in.

Chaim Bloom got things going heading into the Aug. 31 by sending Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree and cash to the Phillies for pitchers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. According to Ken Rosenthal the financial return amounts to $815,000 with the two relievers sent by the Sox still owed $1.1 million.

The 27-year-old Pivetta has struggled in his three appearances this season (all in relief), giving up 10 runs in 5 2/3 innings. He had been a member of the Philadelphia starting rotation during 2017 and 2018, totaling a 7-14 mark with a 4.77 ERA in 32 starts two seasons ago. Last year the righty appeared in 30 games, making 12 starts on the way to a 5.38 ERA.

Seabold made seven starts in Double-A last season, managing a 2.25 ERA. The 24-year-old was originally a third-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

In a Zoom meeting with the media Friday night, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom explained that the Red Sox view Pivetta as a future part of the starting rotation despite the pitcher's previous struggles in the role.

"Obviously he has some major-league time under his belt," Bloom said. "He’s a big, physical power pitcher. He’s got a really good fastball, good breaking ball, he also has a changeup. A guy that’s shown the ability to carry a starter’s workload and a lot of the underlying traits that show the potential for a lot more success than he’s enjoyed in terms of his results. Again, a power pitcher that we think should be capable of holding down a rotation spot and we really feel like he’s a good fit going forward and we’ve got a chance to help him reach a level that he has not yet in his career despite the good stuff.

"Seabold spent last year in Double-A and finished the year in the Arizona Fall League, fourth-round pick a couple years ago by the Phillies. Starting pitching prospect who really has good feel to pitch and an arsenal that you work against both sides, quality pitches including a changeup and again, really knows how to pitch and use his stuff. Really nice addition to the starting pitching depth in the upper levels of our system."