The Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs from the Texas Rangers in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis. Boston also announced it has designated right-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner for assignment in order to make room for Springs on the 40-man roster.
The Rangers also assigned Travis to their Triple-A affiliate.
The Rangers have acquired 1B-OF Sam Travis from Boston for LHP Jeffrey Springs. Travis, who had 6 homers and 16 RBI in 59 games with the Red Sox in 2019, has been assigned to Triple-A Nashville.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) January 15, 2020
Springs posted a 4-1 record with a 6.40 ERA, 32 strikeouts, 23 walks and a 1.89 WHIP over 32 1/3 innings in 2019.
This trade bolsters the left-handed pitching depth in the Red Sox bullpen. Boston's bullpen as a whole ranked ninth out of 15 American League teams with a 4.40 ERA last year.