The Red Sox have made a significant addition to their bullpen, acquiring righthanded reliever Mark Melancon from the Astros for infielder Jed Lowrie and reliever Kyle Weiland.
Melancon, a hard-throwing 26-year-old had a 2.78 earned run average and 20 saves in 74.1 innings for Houston last season. He struck out 66 and walked 26.
The Red Sox have signed veteran utilityman Nick Punto to a two-year contract, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.Bleh. Ortiz agrees:
Heyman reported Punto, who turned 34 in November, is guaranteed $3 million with another $500,000 possible in incentives. ... [Punto is a] lifetime .249 hitter with a .652 OPS ...