Red Sox Land Martinez for Less Than Imagined
At the trade deadline the Red Sox were able to land Cleveland Indians catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez and it only took two prospects and a young reliever.
The biggest piece Boston dealt was 24-year-old right-hander Justin Masterson. Masterson is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA. Masterson is obviously young but offers some flexibility; he has made six starts this season but has been used mostly as a reliever, appearing in a total of 31 games this season.
Martinez is hitting .284 this year with 15 home runs and 67 RBI and provides a welcome glut of hitters. Boston Manager Terry Francona will have to juggle Mike Lowell (3B), Kevin Youkilis (1B/3B), Jason Varitek (C) David Ortiz (DH) and Martinez (1B/C) so the tricky part will be who sits out of that group on a given day. The Red Sox will also control Martinez next season as his contract features a $7 million club option for 2010.
Boston was also able to flip recently acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche in a trade earlier today with Atlanta for first baseman Casey Kotchman which adds depth to the Red Sox' bench.
Of course this deal cost Boston some stability in its bullpen but not the organization's absolute best prospects, giving up pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price who both are currently plying their trade in Class A.
So that's it? Did Boston just pull a fast one on Cleveland?
July 31, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
Categories: Braves , Indians , Red Sox | Tags: atlanta braves, boston red sox, cleveland indians, trade, victor martinez
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