BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Scott Podsednik and right-hander Matt Albers to the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Craig Breslow.
Then, in a deal with the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox acquired right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright for first baseman Lars Anderson.
Podsednik hit .387 with a homer and seven RBIs for Boston this season after being traded for cash from the Phillies on May 11. The 36-year-old went on the disabled list with a strained left groin on May 11 and played for Triple-A Pawtucket after returning.
Albers, 29, played for Houston and Baltimore before joining the Red Sox in 2011. He was 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 40 appearances for the Red Sox this season and has the second-most relief appearances of an inning or more since 2008 with 94.
Breslow, 31, arrived in Arizona in a five-player trade with Oakland last December that sent All-Star Trevor Cahill to the desert and Jarrod Parker, the ninth overall draft pick in 2007, to Oakland.
Breslow was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season after signing a one-year deal in the offseason.
He is a native of Trumbull, Conn., played at Yale and pitched for the Red Sox in 2006.
Wright was 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA at Double-A Akron. Boston, which had knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in its rotation for many years, assigned Wright to Double-A Portland.
The 27-year-old Wright has never pitched in the majors. In six minor league seasons, he is 38-33 with a 3.95 ERA. He is holding opponents to a .207 batting average this year, best in the Eastern League.
The 24-year-old Anderson hit .259 with nine homers and 52 RBIs at Triple-A Pawtucket. He also played left field.
Anderson has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Red Sox, batting .167 in 30 games. He was 1 for 8 in six games this season.