- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed reliever Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Pat Light.

The deal was first announced Monday before the non-waiver trade deadline, giving the Red Sox another veteran for the bullpen in their pursuit of Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East race.

Abad posted a 2.65 ERA in 39 appearances for the Twins, making $1.25 million this year. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2017 season. The 30-year-old Abad has held opponents to a .220 batting average this year. He came up with Houston and also pitched for Washington and Oakland.

The right-handed Light has a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket.

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