Phillies Send Slocumb to Red Sox
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox made a long-anticipated trade today, with the Red Sox acquiring relief ace Heathcliff Slocumb and the Phillies getting outfielder Lee Tinsley.
As part of the deal, the Phillies also received outfielder Glenn Murray and pitcher Ken Ryan. They sent outfielder Rick Holyfield and pitcher Larry Wimberly to the Red Sox.
Slocumb, 29, had 32 saves last year, fourth best in the National League and good enough to earn him a spot on the All Star team.
He was the Phillies’ closer last season, but a weak finish combined with the emergence of reliever Ricky Bottalico made him expendable.
Slocumb had 20 saves in the first three months of the season, but only 12 thereafter.
In Tinsley, who hit .284 in 100 games for the Red Sox last year, the Phillies have acquired insurance in case center fielder Lenny Dykstra does not fully recover from off-season knee surgery.