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11/10/2004 4:18 PM ET
Red Sox claim LHP Billy Traber off waivers from Cleveland
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BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today claimed left-handed pitcher Billy Traber off waivers from Cleveland. Senior Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

The 25-year-old southpaw was selected in the first round (16th overall) of the 2001 Draft by the New York Mets and made his major league debut with Cleveland less than two years later in 2003, spending the entire season with the Indians and going 6-9 with a 5.24 ERA (65 ER/111.2 IP) in 33 appearances (18 starts). The six-foot-five, 205-pounder tied for fourth among American League rookies with 88 strikeouts, ranked fifth with a 5.24 ERA, sixth with 111.2 innings and eighth with six wins. He underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery September 29, 2003 and rehabbed for the entire 2004 campaign.

In his first professional season in 2001, Traber climbed three levels of the Mets organization from Single-A St. Lucie (18 starts) to Double-A Binghamton (seven starts) and Triple-A Norfolk (one start). Acquired by Cleveland as part of an eight-player trade that sent Roberto Alomar to New York, Traber combined to go 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA (53 ER/162.1 IP) in 27 outings in 2002, all but one as a starter, between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo, earning organization Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors.

Traber is 27-14 with a 3.01 ERA (105 ER/313.2 IP) in 54 minor league appearances, all but one as a starter. He has 239 strikeouts and 68 walks in 313.2 innings, an average of just 1.95 walks per nine innings pitched. He went 13-2 with a 2.76 ERA (33 ER/107.2 IP) with Akron in 2002, earning runner-up Pitcher of the Year honors in the Eastern League and a spot on the league's post-season All-Star team despite his July 11 promotion to Triple-A.

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