D-backs acquire Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik from Boston

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.

Albers, 29, went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA (10 ER in 39.1 IP) in 40 relief appearances with the Red Sox this season. He limited opponents to a .216 (30-for-139) average and posted 1.00 ERA (1 ER in 9.0 IP) over his last 12 outings.

The 6-foot-0, 225-pounder has gone 21-29 with a 4.78 ERA (224 ER in 421.1 IP) in 277 Major League games with the Astros (2006-07), Orioles (2008-10) and Red Sox (2010-12). Since 2008, Albers ranks second among all relievers with 94 appearances lasting more than 1.0 inning, trailing only Jamey Wright (100).

Podsednik, 36, hit .387 (24-for-62) with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 19 games with the Red Sox in 2012. He also appeared in 48 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies) and Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox), batting .242 (40-for-165).

The 6-foot-0, 187-pound left-hander is a career .281 (1,060-for-3,769) hitter with 174 doubles, 41 triples, 42 home runs, 307 RBI and 307 stolen bases in 1,035 games with the Mariners (2001-02), Brewers (2003-04), White Sox (2005-07, ’09), Rockies (2008), Royals (2010), Dodgers (2010) and Red Sox (2012).  Podsednik, who was a member of the 2005 AL All-Star Team, led the NL with 70 stolen bases in 2004 and his 307 steals are 13th-most among active players.

Breslow, 31, was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA (13 ER in 43.1 IP) in 40 games with the D-backs this season. He was acquired as part of a 5-player trade with the A’s on Dec. 9, 2011.