Right-handed reliever Wes Littleton, who has proven to be very adept against right-handed batters during his brief Major League career, was acquired on Friday by the Red Sox from the Rangers for future considerations. Littleton has limited same-side hitters to a .236 average during his 80-game career, making a particularly solid first-impression by holding that figure to .157 as a rookie in 2006. Texas had designated Littleton, 26, for assignment on Nov. 20.
The Red Sox made the deal for two players to be named later, or for cash. Texas' fourth-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State-Fullerton, the Northern California native ranks 14th in ground-ball inducement among all active pitchers with a body of work of 100-plus innings. During his lifetime 102 1/3 innings, Littleton has elicited 196 ground balls to 78 fly balls, a percentage of 71.5. His ability to induce double-play grounders gives manager Terry Francona a potentially key mid-inning arm in the bullpen.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.