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Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:32 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 3:23 pm
 

Striking late and dramatically, the Boston Red Sox bolstered their lineup by acquiring All-Star catcher Victor Martinez from Cleveland less than two hours before Friday's non-waivers trade deadline, CBSSports.com has learned.

The Indians will receive three young pitchers in exchange: Right-handers Juston Masterson and Bryan Price and left-hander Nick Hagadone.

The blockbuster deal comes following several days during which the Red Sox were hot on the trail of Martinez, San Diego slugger Adrian Gonzalez and Toronto ace Roy Halladay. Martinez, a three-time All-Star, was batting .284 with 15 homers and 67 RBI in 99 games for the Indians this season and arrives in Boston with the Red Sox having fallen into second place in the AL East, two games behind the New York Yankees.

The addition of Martinez is a huge boon for the Red Sox, who are concerned with the health of catcher Jason Varitek, 37, and who have watched slugger David Ortiz regress some this season. Martinez can catch, play first base and, of course, serve as designated hitter.

Masterson was 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 appearances with the Red Sox this season. Over the past two seasons, he has worked for manager Terry Francona both out of the bullpen and as a spot starter. Hagadone is a big, 6-5 lefty who was Boston's first-round sandwich pick (55th overall) in the 2007 draft. Price. 22, was a first-round sandwich pick (45th overall) in last year's draft.

The trio fits what Cleveland now is looking to accomplish, re-stocking its system with as many young arms as possible, after trading two Cy Young winners in the past two seasons -- Cliff Lee this week and CC Sabathia last July.

 

Comments

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:43 pm
 

Red Sox on verge of acquiring Victor Martinez

Yeah the Red Sox are panicking!   I don't want to hear another word about payroll again!  

Go Yanks!




Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:43 pm
 

Red Sox on verge of acquiring Victor Martinez

I keep reading that Clay and  D Bard are off the table for this deal.

Lets hope.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:42 pm
 

Red Sox on verge of acquiring Victor Martinez

This would be a great move for Boston.  Now lets sit and watch the yanks go out and try to buy a championship like they always try to do.  Great job boston now please go out and beat the yanks again as they spend another 250 million on nothing.  Can you say 10 years and no championships but spent 5 billion on nothing....



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:42 pm
 

Red Sox on verge of acquiring Victor Martinez

I can bet a dollar or two it wont be Clay Bucholz, the Indians aren't smart enough to get good cheap players back for proven All Stars, Cy Young winners....

I'm so happy I sold my tickets for tonights game above face value...

I wont attend another Indians game as long as Wedge and Shapiro, and Dolans are there.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:42 pm
 

Red Sox on verge of acquiring Victor Martinez

I heard Masterson and Hagadone



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:40 pm
 

Red Sox on verge of acquiring Victor Martinez

probability of bucholz being in the trade? I say 20%


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