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Craig Breslow | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/8/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 181
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Yale
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 26 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Rangers released LHP Craig Breslow.
Breslow, who turned 36 on Monday, just signed with the Rangers last month after being given his release by the Marlins. The veteran left-hander made just three appearances with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. Aug 8 - 4:23 PM

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Rangers signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract.

Breslow struggled for the Marlins both in the majors and at Triple-A before being released earlier this month. He'll turn 36 next month but the Rangers will take a no-risk shot on him.
Jul 24 - 12:44 PM

Marlins released LHP Craig Breslow.

The veteran left-hander was sporting an awful 6.46 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans. Breslow made the Marlins' Opening Day roster but was demoted only a month into the season. Given his considerable experience and ability to get left-handers out, Breslow shouldn't have too much trouble finding a new team.
Jul 18 - 3:25 PM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that Craig Breslow has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A New Orleans.

Breslow could have opted for free agency, but he won't have to deal with any of those logistical issues, now, and will just slide to Triple-A. In 14 innings with the Marlins this season, the veteran southpaw allowed nine runs (seven earned) while pitching to a 7/4 K/BB ratio.
May 16 - 12:50 PM

Marlins sent LHP Craig Breslow outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Breslow cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He has the option to elect free agency.
May 15 - 8:41 AM

Marlins designated LHP Craig Breslow for assignment.

Breslow had allowed 21 hits and nine runs -- seven earned -- over 14 innings this season out of the Miami bullpen. The veteran lefty could draw some interest on waivers, but he hasn't really been an effective major league reliever since the 2013 campaign.
May 11 - 2:39 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of LHP Craig Breslow from Triple-A New Orleans.

The veteran southpaw, who was signed to a minor league contract in mid-February, had a terrific Grapefruit League season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings. He'll work in middle relief for the Marlins.
Apr 2 - 10:23 AM

Facing his former team, Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless eighth inning versus the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Breslow tried marketing himself as a starter as a free agent this winter, but he didn't find any takers. At least he has given himself a chance of making the Marlins as a reliever this spring; he's allowed two runs and amassed a 5/0 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 3:41 PM

Marlins signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rob Bradford of says Breslow will earn $1.5 million if he makes the Opening Day roster. The left-hander attempted to market himself as a starter this winter, but it's unclear whether the Marlins will give him a chance to earn a rotation spot. Either way, he's likely to crack the Opening Day roster. Breslow held a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings for the Red Sox in 2015.
Feb 12 - 4:24 PM

WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that Craig Breslow "has recently drawn interest from multiple teams."

Bradford notes that some clubs are intrigued by Breslow's potential versatility, as he showed late last season that he might be able to start. The 35-year-old held a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings for the Red Sox in 2015, making 43 relief appearances and two starts.
Jan 26 - 11:36 PM

Rob Bradford of reports that Craig Breslow will tell teams that he wants a chance to be a starter next season.

Breslow's final two appearances of 2015 were as a starter, but they're the 35-year-old's only two starts out of 524 career appearances in the majors. The left-hander throws four pitches and doesn't have a platoon split, so it's a little surprising he's never been tried as a starter before. However, whether a club considers him for a potential rotation spot next spring remains to be seen.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 10:20:00 PM

Craig Breslow pitched well outside of two homers allowed in Saturday's loss to the Indians, surrendering two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn socked solo home runs in the second and fourth innings, respectively, to account for the damage on Breslow's line. Outside of the gopher balls coughed up, the 35-year-old southpaw held his own well enough. He finishes out the 2015 season with a 4.15 ERA and 46/23 K/BB ratio over 65 innings. While each of his last two appearances has been of the starting variety, he remains a dependable bullpen arm, rather than a true rotation piece.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:50:00 PM

Craig Breslow hurled four scoreless innings Saturday as the Red Sox dominated the Orioles 8-0.

It was the veteran reliever's first major league start and he looked terrific, yielding only two hits and two walks over his four shutout frames. He'll presumably head back to the bullpen for the final week.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 07:26:00 PM

Craig Breslow will make his first major league start on Saturday versus the Orioles.

The Red Sox need a spot starter and determined Breslow was the best option. The career reliever will be able to get up to around 40 pitches in what will be a bullpen start.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 04:32:00 PM

3 1/2 months into the season, Craig Breslow finally factored into a game result by giving up a walkoff homer Thursday against the Astros.

Breslow entered the night with no wins, losses, saves or holds on the year. Now he has the loss, though in his defense, he retired the first four batters he faced tonight. He hasn't truly been dreadful with his 3.86 ERA, but he's been the last man in the Red Sox pen all year and with the team out of contention, it'd seem to make sense to move on.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 11:52:00 PM