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Red Sox trade Franklin Morales back to Rockies

Dec 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Boston acquired Franklin Morales from Colorado in May of 2011 and now three years later the Red Sox have traded him back to the Rockies.

Thomas Harding of reports that the Red Sox will send the Rockies 27-year-old Triple-A reliever Chris Martin in addition to Morales, who had a 3.90 ERA in 134 innings for Boston while splitting time between the bullpen, rotation, and disabled list.

As part of the deal Colorado is sending infielder Jonathan Herrera to Boston, where he figures to fill a utility man role. Herrera is 29 years old and has hit just .262 with seven homers and a .654 OPS in 271 total games over the past three seasons despite calling Coors Field home.

  1. ezthinking - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I guess it was a trade-a-lefty (Outman), get-a-lefty (Morales) day for the Rox.

    • number42is1 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      I love the fact that there are pitchers named Ball Four and Out Man in the MLB.

  2. ienjoysensi - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Hera is a great ball player/teammate. Hit .292/ .336 / .334 in 195 AB last year. Backup infielder for the sox that Is better then the Yankees starting 2nd and 3rd basemen as of now. Morales is a wreck , once he throws a bad pitch he loses all confidence and it’s over.

    • ezthinking - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      An OBP higher a SLG means you stink on ice. He’ll be in AAA more likely than he’ll be starting ahead of Drew our any other competent SS. Hell, he’s not even a real SS in AAA let alone for the Red Sox.

  3. pastabelly - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Morales has nasty stuff, but he really blew a gasket in the playoffs and became unusable. Herrera signing could mean that they don’t think that Drew is coming back. I suppose it could mean that if Drew signs with the Sox, that Middlebrooks will be traded.

    • Jack Marshall - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Huh? The team needed a utility guy, and some depth there, whether Drew comes back or not.

      I would have thought Morales would have brought more, especially based on how he did as a starter. But the Sox have better lefty options, and they must see something in Herrera that I don’t.

    • rje49 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Good. Sign Drew, trade Middlebrooks.

  4. pastabelly - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    If they signed Drew, they would only need Herrera if Middlebrooks were to be traded.

  5. elfessbutterfly - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Maybe if they told us the entire deal people would be able to leave intelligent comments. They said Herrera is part of the deal but who else is? Whether Drew comes back or not the team needed a utility infielder which is what Herrera is. Nobody every suggested he was going to start. I want to know who else they’re getting in this deal.

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