Reliever known for his solid fastball and good cutter, he won Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 with the Oakland Athletics and was an All-Star in 2009 and 2010.
He played baseball at Paul VI High School in New Jersey.
He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in December of 2011.
He was born in Voorhees, New Jersey.
Slugging first baseman Jason Giambi was his teammate on the A's.