The Boston Red Sox Have Traded One of their 2013 World Series Championship Heroes Away.
The Sox traded Outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels for Infielder Josh Rutledge.
To help make the trade, Boston sent $3.8 million Los Angeles’s way to help pay for the remaining $4.97 million left on Victorino’s contract.
The Sox not only traded away Victorino because his contract would run up at the end of the season, but also because they wanted to give Cuban prize Rusney Castillo more playing time in the outfield.
After the trade was officially completed, the Sox called up Castillo from Triple-AAA Pawtucket and started him in Right Field (Victorino’s spot) against the Chicago White Sox.
“Hopefully there’s now an opportunity for him to get a good chunk of playing time between now and the end of this season and get comfortable at the big league level.” General Manager Ben Cherington said of Castillo. “We just want to see him continue to get comfortable and acclimate at the big league level. This is a guy obviously we believe in and believe will be a good major league player.”
Victorino joins a primarily left-handed hitting Angels team as a righty Outfielder, two things Los Angeles needs.
Ben Cherington, who told Victorino the news he was traded has expressed he had no regrets about the three-year, $39 million deal he gave Victorino as a free agent coming from a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
So Victorino is pretty used to playing ball in the Los Angeles area.
Victorino loved the Sox, so much that he had an emotional press conference before he left Fenway Park for the last time with Boston:
I previously reported on the Sox re-calling Jemile Weeks for Infield help in the wake of Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia being placed on the 15-day disabled list, and now they have even more support in Josh Rutledge.
Rutledge was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
The 26-year-old has played 78 games for the Triple-AAA Salt Lake City Bees this year, creating a slash line of .274/.273/.403 compiled of 85 hits, five home runs, and 19 walks.
Cherington has said Rutledge will join the Sox within the next day or possibly two.
The Sox are sellers this trade deadline, so it wouldn’t surprise me if more moves keep coming.
Cherington has also expressed interest in returning Triple-AAA Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to the big league club, so more moves could also be made in the Outfield.
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Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.