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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: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:53 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

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

Go Yanks!

 


Ya the Sox are really breaking the bank here, Martinez is making a whopping $5.9 million this year with a $7.5 million team option for next year, do a little research before you run your mouth cheaptrick. What a hater, at least the Yankees sured up 3rd base by getting Hairston, you must be really excited about that move at the deadline.



Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:41 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Get your facts straight Yansfan102.  Mitchel reported everything thing that he had.  The reason that there were so many yankees and mets players in the report is obviously because Kirk Radomski was a Met clubhouse attendent doing most of his business in New York.  Duh!  He was cooperating with the feds as was McNamee, and therefore naming names.  I'm sure if there were dealers busted elsewhere, you would have seen more players from that area on the report as well.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:30 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

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....

Like the Sox didn't buy a championship in '04 when they bought Schilling? Puh-lease, Boston went out and got Schilling, Beckett, tried to get A-rod, tried to get Texeira, and are now trying to do exactly what most other wealthy teams do - buy championships. That's the way it works so quit whining.




Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:29 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

nice move boston, he gives a great backup on days of giving varitek a rest and playing first as well not to metion one hell of a hitter and it dont look like you gave a whole lot up for a all star catcher, the move that looks really bad though is jake peavy for 4 minor league pitchers and doesnt even know when he will be back that is dumb, but i am surprised the yankees only got hairston which doesnt make any sense but should be interesting probaly having a yankee vs red sox alcs but one thing is for sure the winner of your division has the easier road playing the winner of the central and not the west based on records right now because the angels have always given trouble to the yankees and sometimes the red sox.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:22 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

please are you kidding me cowboykiller...The yanks last 3 championships had a list of roid players too so your championship are tainted. Let's take the '00 World Series...trivia time who were the winners of the yankees games in the Series?? You should know because you made a ridiculous statement...Ready Stanton (Mitchell Report) 2 wins that series and Clemens who he says he didn't but we all know he did. The other is Jeff Nelson. 3 out of your 4 wins in that series were roid guys. There were many players who were named from the Yanks that were on roids. Yanks should have a bigger drought. Sad as it is as we are finding out the majority of players were on roids.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:14 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

You can say the Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez trades are to save money but how can you explain how you are going to put fans in the stands to watch a bunch of unproven talent play along with the likes of Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo and well...that's really it.
The Indians owner is a laughing stock.  Shapedge...can't evaluate talent at all...the fans deserve better!

I mean Hagadone has had Tommy John surgery!

If the Indians didn't spend the money on Kerry Wood they probably could have kept Victor at least...he is still young enough to build around and he had been quoted about how much he wanted to retire as a Cleveland Indian...

It is deplorable what the Dolans and Shapiro and Wedge have done to this team and to the fans (who I might remind you are the one's that spend the money you so desperately are trying to save right now)!

Pathetic.  A joke. 



Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:09 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Ahhh....another envious Red Sox fan.  It's ok.....we understand that your city is a boring dump with nothing to do after 2 am so you have to resort to bashing sports teams to fill up your down time.  You're invited down to the great City of New York any time you want.  I wonder what all the money you spent between 1908 and 2004 adds up to?




Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:04 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

The Boston Red Sox were one of the busier teams leading into today’s 4pm trading deadline.

The major deal was the Sox acquiring Cleveland Indians All-Star catcher Victor Martinez, and the minor deal was swapping first basemen to get Casey Kotchman from the Atlanta Braves.

Martinez is the biggest offensive pickup of the 2009 trading deadline. Martinez had a injury plagued 2008 season that lead to mediocre numbers, but he has picked it up again in 2009 and reestablished himself as one of the best offensive catchers in the game.

A switch-hitter, he gives the Sox excellent versatility in the line-up and on the field. While not official, it is expected that he will play predominantly at catcher and designated hitter. He is a better left-handed hitter, and that will allow the Sox to rotate Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek in the line-up against lefties.

The Sox gave up RHP Justin Masterson, who had been splitting the year in the bullpen and rotation, and minor league pitchers Nick Hadagone and Bryan Price.

Masterson was a solid cog of the Red Sox team, but often found himself as the odd man out. The Indians will probably utilize him as a starter, which is where most scouts see him headed, but the Sox were never in the position to give him a chance to develop in that respect.

Hadagone was the biggest chip the Sox gave up. A left-hander in class-A Greenville, Hadagone underwent Timmy John surgery and recently returned from the disabled list and was very impressive. Price is a right-handed pitcher also in Greenville.

The other trade, while it possesses less excitement, was much more peculiar. The Sox obtained Kotchman, traded as the major component of the deal that brought Mark Teixeira to the Angels, for recently acquired Adam LaRoche.

It is odd not because LaRoche only spent a few days with the Sox, or that the Sox traded him because of the surplus of first basemen the Sox possess after getting Martinez. It is strange that the Sox would trade him, an everyday player, for another left-handed first basemen used to playing everyday.

Terry Francona is going to have to do an incredible job of juggling the line-up to make sure everyone gets enough at-bats to be happy. Kevin Youkilis has to play everyday, an one would expect that Martinez is also going to be in the line-up everyday.
 
This means that somehow Francona has to rotate them so that Varitek, Mike Lowell and David Ortiz get playing time. Lowell’s time figures to be cut the most, as Youkilis will likely play most of him games at third base for the rest of the season.

Given Martinez’s poorer numbers against lefties, and Lowell and Varitek’s success, they will be playing against left-handers. But while Varitek has been described as a walking ice-pack and Lowell is coming off of hip surgery, they can’t be thrilled at the prospect of their playing time being reduced.
Kotchman has likely drawn the shortest straw. His playing time will be significantly reduced as virtually every other player in this rotation can play multiple positions, where Kotchman is relegated to first only.

Back up catcher George Kotteras will return to triple-A Pawtucket. He is the personal catcher for knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield, who is on the disabled list. He won’t be activated for a few weeks, at which time the Sox will have to decide who should catch him.
   
To replace Masterson, the Sox have several immediate choices to pick from. Southpaw Javier Lopez was optioned down at the beginning of the season because of terrible struggles, but he has turned his season down in the minors. The Pawtucket Red Sox’ closer Fernando Cabrera is mowing down hitters with an ERA under two while being perfect in save chances. Lefty Hunter Jones and righty Michael Bowden have already pitched out of the bullpen this season for the Sox, and they also have Japanese prospect Junichi Tazawa.

Until Wakefield comes back from the DL, one of those triple-A relievers figures to replace the gap in the bullpen.

Heading into tonight’s game against Baltimore, the Sox are a significantly upgraded team both offensively and defensively. The only problem will be getting a group of good players fair playing time, which any manager will tell you is a good problem to have.





Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 5:03 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Aarrrgghhh!  I hate that my Jays are going to have to face Vic next year.  And, I not-so-secretly wished that the Jays would wake up and chase him..............daggnabbit!

I hate you Red Sox nation.  Wink



Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:54 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Panicking?  Boston has been talking about this deal for over a month.  They were in first place when it was first discussed.

When it comes to payroll, you are correct.  Boston, New York, LA, etc...  They all are the same.  These large market teams are willing to spend whatever they can win.  I don't like it, but it is what baseball has turned into.



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