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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.

 

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Wade Duane
Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:45 pm
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Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:45 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

great trade for the sox both future and now and what about having kotchman is he gonna be dealt?



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:44 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

I'd say 26 to 7 all time is beyond dominating.  10 years of waiting versus 84 years is also dominating.  Good trade though especially keeping Bucholtz, very well done by Theo.



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:42 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Your envy is showing.  How does picking up $2M of salary for Martinez for the rest of the year make that big of a difference?  That won't even catch the Mets, never mind the Evil Empire.

No Buchholz.  No Bard.  No Bowden.  The trade only involves young prospects (although they are high round draft picks).  Doesn't sound like a panic move to me.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:42 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Way to stick to your guns Cleveland........just hold up the Red Sox why don't you? 



Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:41 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Well, this was an asinine trade... So, now the Red Sox have three catchers, three first basemen and two third basemen. Nothing like stockpiling up on corner infielders, getting nothing for short, outfield, and relying on the crap they have for the fourth and fifth starters.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:41 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Above face value...That's good work. I agree, No more Indians until team is sold and Shapiro are history...startthe re-building of the re-building process.



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

I love when people say the Sox spend like the Yankees.  They're 4th and spent less this year than last year.  By 12 million!  Cashman sucks.  Theo is not Brian Cashman.  The Yankees have spent almost 90 million more on their roster.

Theo Epstein has built one of the best Farm Systems in all of baseball in the last 5 years.
Clay Bucholz-Homegrown
Dustin Pedroia-Homegrown MVP
Kevin Youkilis-Homegrown All Star
Jonathan Papelbon-Homegrown All Star
Justin Masterson-Homegrown
Jacoby Elsbury-Homegrown
Jon Lester-Homegrown
Jed Lowrie-Homegrown
Daniel Bard-Homegrown

That's more than most teams have on their rosters for starting players. 

George Kottaras is also  homegrown as their backup catcher. That's ten guys on their 25 man roster that came from the farm.  Not bad. 


And guys like Hanley Ramirez came out of their farm system to acquire (not buy) Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.  Now they will do the same thing with Victor Martinez and  possibly Halladay.

Don't let the facts get in the way of your argument jljatc!


sox/PatsFAN08
Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:37 pm
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Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:36 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Of course this comment comes from a lame a$$ Mets fan. If you were a fan from a small market team I would understand your comment. Your team's payroll is 150 million and are the laughing stock of the MLB. 23years of nothing.


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