Red Sox acquire left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. from Texas

Send Right-Handed Pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today acquired left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. from the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo.

Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

Ross, 25, appeared in 27 games for the Rangers last season, including his first 12 starts at the major league level, in his third straight big league campaign. Between the rotation and the bullpen, he went 3-6 with a 6.20 ERA (54 ER/78.1 IP) and 51 strikeouts for Texas. The native of Lexington, KY also saw action at Triple-A Round Rock last year, going 5-4 with a 4.33 ERA (29 ER/60.1 IP) in 12 outings, including nine starts.

A reliever in his first two seasons with Texas, Ross began 2014 in the Rangers' rotation and allowed two earned runs or less in six of his 12 starts. Over his first five starts, he gave up only eight earned runs for a 2.45 ERA (29.1 IP) through April 25. At one point during April, he compiled a walkless streak of 99 batters faced.  

Signed by the Rangers as a second-round selection in the 2008 June Draft, he is 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA (91 ER/205.2 IP) and 156 strikeouts in 150 career major league games for the Rangers. In his first two major league seasons from 2012-13, he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen and posted a 10-2 record with a 2.62 ERA (37 ER/127.1 IP), seventh best among qualifying major league left-handed relievers.  

Ranaudo, 25, made his major league debut for Boston last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA (21 ER/39.1 IP), 16 walks, and 15 strikeouts in seven appearances, all starts. He began the year with Triple-A Pawtucket where he was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher and a league mid- and postseason All-Star. In 24 starts for the PawSox in 2014, Ranaudo posted a 14-4 record with a 2.61 ERA (40 ER/138.0 IP), 54 walks, and 111 strikeouts. He led the IL wins, ERA, and opponent batting average (.223). A native of Freehold, NJ, Ranaudo was the Red Sox' supplemental-round selection (39th overall) out of Louisiana State University in the 2010 June Draft. Over his four-year career in the minors (2011-14), Ranaudo has gone 35-18 with a 3.46 ERA (170 ER/442.2 IP), 174 walks, and 382 strikeouts in 84 games (83 starts).