Have the Sox found their closer?
Donnelly, 35, has compiled a 23-8 record and a 2.87 ERA with 295 strikeouts in 295 innings over 276 relief appearances with the Angels in the last five seasons. … In 2006, the righthander was 6-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 62 appearances with righthanders hitting just .204.
The Angels get Phil Seibel in return. Donnelly’s ERA and WHIP have increased every season since his 2003 All-Star campaign, topping out at 3.94 and 1.34. His K/BB was down to 2.53 last season (from 3.73 in 2004) and his BB/9 up to 3.94 (from 2.92 in ’04).
Color me cautious. It’s better than going in with Davern Hansack, if indeed they plan to try Donnelly out at closer, but at 36, his numbers seem to be showing his age.