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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:33 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Tarheelfan... yeah you're right. We did make a great move getting Washburn today, but the hitting has me scratching my head.  When I list these hitters.. Granderson, Polanco, ordonez, cabrera, guillen and with inge hitting the homers he has this year it's a wonder how we aren't hitting. Everybody hit the wall at the same time it looks like.... but  we'll see what happens.  I think my Tigers are the team nobody is paying attention to and with a Verlander,Jackson,Washburn  top 3 could end up in the world series....



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:33 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

This deal was highway robbery.  The Indians could have gotten more from even Boston.  I think its crazy.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:33 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Guess what.....the Yankees and other clubs who pay out huge payrolls year in and year out are playing by the same rules as the rest of MLB. If the MLB owners were unhappy with not having a salary cap, they would vote for a salary cap and then everyone would only be able to spend an equal amount on their roster.

BUT THEY DON'T......until that happens, STOP WHINING......your favorite MLB team would do it too if they had the cash!




Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:32 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

I have a question for all of you "The Red Sox won championships thanks to steroids" people - name a team that DIDN'T!!!  Every team has steroid abusers on it, all of them.  Do you believe that any of them are clean anymore?!?  The roid users are now just taking HGH instead.  You are foolish if you think MLB is clean, foolish!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:32 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

The Indians are the Pirates of the AL. Giving away their best players for nothing. What a joke.


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Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:32 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:31 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Its funny, everyone talks about when the yankees get a big name but when the sox do it, nothings said. They do it just as much if not more. This wont help them, still stink



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Can you say moron?




Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

They sure are going for it.   They gave up too much for this guy.  Maybe Masterson OR Hagadone, but both.  Wow...good luck Sox.  Paid a steep price



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:30 pm
 

Red Sox acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland

Right - because the Red Sox spending nothing on free agents and are in a small market...  Oh yeah - and their champship teams weren't built around steriod abusers...


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