Red Sox showing interest in free agent Matt Guerrier

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A major league source has informed Alex Speier of Boston-based WEEI.com that the Red Sox are showing interest in free agent reliever Matt Guerrier.

And why wouldn’t they?

Guerrier posted a 3.17 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 71 innings this past season and a 2.36 ERA and 0.97 WHIP the year before.

He has a far better track record of success than setup man Jacquin Benoit, who inked a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Tigers earlier this month.

Guerrier would have been a Type A free agent this winter, but the Twins declined to offer him arbitration.  In other words, he won’t cost the team that signs him a draft pick.  The righty earned $3.15 million in 2010 and will be looking for a raise in the form of a contract much like Benoit’s.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.