Former Yale pitcher Craig Breslow '02 will be wearing a new jersey when Spring Training begins in about two months.
The former team captain and Ivy League leader in ERA (2.56) in his senior season, was traded by the Oakland Athletics earlier this week to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a five-player deal that also sent All-Star starting pitcher Trevor Cahill and cash to Arizona. Oakland received starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill, and reliever Ryan Cook in the trade.
Breslow and Cahill join a talented pitching staff that also features 21-game winner Ian Kennedy and 16-game winner Daniel Hudson. Arizona won 94 games — 29 more than in 2010 — under manager Kirk Gibson on the way to a surprising division title over the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
The Diamondbacks lost in the first round of the playoffs to Milwaukee in five games and are determined to get back in 2012.
"These are two different organizations going in two different directions," Breslow told the Associated Press. "I'm excited to be on this end of this one, with a team competing for a World Series championship."
In six major league seasons, Breslow has a 12-17 record, all in relief, with a 3.06 earned run average and 235 career strikeouts.
The Diamondbacks become the sixth major league team and the second team from the National League to employ Breslow's services. He started his major league career with the San Diego Padres and has also played for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins.
Breslow gives Arizona another lefty in the bullpen to go along with Joe Paterson. While Paterson is mainly a left-handed specialist, Breslow's career splits are just about even. Right-handers have hit .224 against the 31-year-old over parts of six seasons while lefties hit .227.
"I don't think I'm terribly quirky or I don't throw from a low arm angle or have a big sweeping breaking ball, but in my career I've been pretty successful at getting both lefties and right-handed hitters out," Breslow told MLB.com. "Hopefully, I'm a guy that will be counted on to face more than one hitter and I can a throw an inning or multiple innings at a time."
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr./Yale Sports Publicity
Information from the Associated Press and MLB.com was used in this report