Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes is reporting on Twitter that Rhode Island native Dan Wheeler is going back north to join his childhood team and Carl Crawford as a member of the Boston Red Sox. When Joel Peralta was brought in the other day, that all but signaled the end of Wheeler’s days with the Rays as the two pitchers are quite similar in talents but Wheeler was the more expensive pitcher.
Wheeler’s value, like Randy Choate’s, was undervalued by most Rays fans. Choate was the left-handed specialist on the team that held lefties to a .178/.236/.238 slash line over the past two seasons while Wheeler became a very effective right-handed specialist. Wheeler held righties to a .179/.231/.357 slash line over the past three seasons for the Rays with his two-seam fastball and filthy slider. Boston, being the smart organization they are, recognized Wheeler’s value in the pen and have brought him into the fold to work along side the already lethal trio of Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, and Jonathan Papelbon in the late innings.
Best of luck to Dan with the Red Sox and may he have all of the success in the world when he’s not facing Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton