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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, 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.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:13 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

dude the Yankees are like 40 million above the 2nd team for spending, you don't want to hear about payroll?  why because now the Sox are within 50 mil of the Yankee's payroll?  Give me a break!

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:06 pm

The Rays Dropped the Ball BIG TIME

The Rays were a Victor Martinez away from being a real threat to make the Playoffs. Oddly enough I think they have the pitching staff to beat any team in the Bigs but they have one of the worst defensive catchers calling their games. As much as I love Whiskers Navarro he has stunk out loud hitting, calling games and controlling the staff. And as much as it pains me to say it, Navi's All Star appearance last year looks like a total fluke compared to this year and 07. No wonder Matt Garza wanted to put his lights out last year. The Rays still might make the Playoffs but I am so tired of them thinking they can do it on talent alone. The catcher is the captain and the quarterback of any good baseball team and I think the Rays made a big mistake by not trading for him. BTW, hats off to the Yankees in the prior series, they look every bit as good as I wish they weren't. And what a difference Mark Texeira has been for them compared to Jason Giambi, Tex has been alot of fun to watch as a defensemen. I am hoping for the best and expecting the worst at this point... see you in October (hopefully).


Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:05 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Great to see that Victor is joining the Sox as he is one of the best catchers in baseball. Varitek's at the end of his career, and Victor can play multiple positions. He can give Youkilis, Lowell, Varitek or Ortiz a break depending on the defense. It's a great move for Boston because they still have guys in the farm system that are great pitchers. My question is why are they trading LaRoche for Kotchman, salary dump?

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:03 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Great analysis LOL

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:02 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

hey bomehead lets see here. uhhh the yankees have 26 world championship rings, uhh lets see how many does
Boston stink sox have?? 3 i nelieve in 86yrs hmmmm do the math her retard,yankees buy players to win,boston stink
sox buy crap players and still lose. ohh but wait boston won 2 rings in 5 yrs but gee still no yankee franchise huh.

 dont be a yankee hater cause they have money to spend,so stop ur b-sox balling already,with what they acquired now
they still will lose the div,and prob wildcard too.  cry baby boston.. oh yea how about ur steriod users now on boston,lol
everyone knew ortiz,and manny did them.. so now idiots of boston stick that in ur SOCKS and smell them,lol

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:00 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Theo should use the Yanks' approach, it's worked so well since 2000

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:59 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

sad day in cleveland...i'm sick of all this....and i'm done with the indians and pirates for that matter....i'm sick of having my heart ripped out every year........

football can't come soon enough.....

baseball and all the steroids and sorry owners and gm's can keep their sport....i'm taking up hiking....

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:58 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

I'm done with the f***ing Indians.  I'm convinced that Cleveland is a cursed sports town.  Looks like yet ANOTHER championship we WON'T be winning. 


Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:57 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

What they got for Lee was not garbage. This is the same short-sightedness Tribe fans had when Shapiro traded Bartolo Colon for who other than Lee, Grady Sizemore, & Brandon Phillips.

Martinez is on the back end of his career. Catchers have a shortened lifespan in the majors. Think of the whole RB's who reach 30 mark in the NFL.

That's why they call them prospects! LaPorta has a big bat, but hasn't done well in the majors yet.

The group they got from Philly should pan out and be productive. But there are no guarantees.

You can't make snap judgements on trades like these. They take some time to pan out.

They could have made a push for the central, but there were no guarantees. And at the end of thes season they'd have nothing to show for it. Now at least, they've armed themselves with possibilities for the future. And not 10years... The next few years. Marson and Donald will probably be called up this year and if not at the very least be competing for positions in the spring.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:56 pm

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

I count all of 3 of Boston's position starters who went thru their system:

C VMart
1B Youk
2B Pedroia (Bos)
SS Lowrie (Bos)
3B Lowell
LF Bay
CD Ellsbury (Bos)
RF Drew

Nice try, trailer-park.

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