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Red Sox activate Kelly Johnson, send Mookie Betts back to Triple-A

Aug 7, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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Boston’s trade deadline moves left Mookie Betts without a regular spot in the lineup, so the Red Sox have decided to send the 21-year-old top prospect back to Triple-A.

In two stints in the big leagues Betts has logged 44 total plate appearances, hitting .244 with one homer and a .645 OPS in 13 games. In the minors this year he’s hit .342 with more walks (55) than strikeouts (43) and a .959 OPS in 88 games between Double-A and Triple-A, so he remains a huge part of the Red Sox’s long-term plans even if they’re not quite sure where yet.

To replace Betts on the roster the Red Sox activated Kelly Johnson, whom they acquired from the Yankees in exchange for Stephen Drew despite Johnson being on the disabled list with a groin injury. He can fill in all over the diamond and, unlike with Betts, the Red Sox won’t mind giving the 32-year-old Johnson sporadic playing time.

  1. sandpiperair - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    He hit a walk-off home run at Pawtucket on deadline day, then they called him up even though they just traded for two outfielders. What’s the logic there?

    • Glenn - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      All hands on deck – we’re battling for last place!

  2. tmc602014 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I just want him around so I can keep reading the name “Mookie Betts”. It’s like a former Met/Allman Bro all in one.

  3. clarenceoveur - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    I really don’t get the Sox handling of Betts. They’re obviously just playing for next year, he’s basically proven he can handle AAA at a young age, why not just roll him out there for a month and see what he can do? Unreal, but Cubs clearly the better model for this, not wasting ABs on Schierholtz, Barney, et al.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    It is Boston. A player named Kelly is a better fit in that City than a player named Mookie.

  5. irishlad19 - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    They don’t have a position to play him regularly, they want him to get regular playing time, they may be showcasing him for a winter trade, so Pawtucket makes sense.
    He’s likely to be a MLB player soon on some team, very talented.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      He would look good in a Mets uniform.

      • irishlad19 - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Not likely, the Mets have no Minor League depth, and no money to buy a contract.

  6. pisano - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Let the strikeouts and errors begin.

    • theskinsman - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Let the strikeouts and errors begin.

      Excuse me, but that should read “continue”, shouldn’t it?

  7. theskinsman - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Or, maybe Betts would be better served playing every day in AAA, as opposed to once in a while. JBJ appears to be a bust, so might as well do whatever gets Betts ready.

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