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Indians Trade Catcher Victor Martinez to Red Sox, LaRoche Dealt to Atlanta

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After days of speculation and with just minutes to spare, Boston.com reports that the Cleveland Indians have finally traded All-Star catcher Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price.

Right after that, the Sox dealt newly acquired 1B Adam LaRoche to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 1B Casey Kotchman. LaRoche returns to his former team and Kotchman return to the A.L. where he was a former member of the Angels.

Martinez is enjoying another solid season by hitting .284 with 15 HR and 67 RBI. Cleveland is currently sitting on a 42-60 record and are 12.0 games back in the A.L. Central and are in desperate need to trim down their payroll. The Indians have $33 million wrapped up next season in three players (Jake Westbrook, Travis Hafner, and Kerry Wood) and had to move Martinez and his $7 million contract.

My Take: This is great news. The Sox get another solid offensive player and didn’t have to give up Clay Buchholz, Lars Anderson, or any other one of our big name prospects. Theo has done it again!

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8 comments for “Indians Trade Catcher Victor Martinez to Red Sox, LaRoche Dealt to Atlanta”

  1. [...] Indians Trade Catcher Victor Martinez to Red Sox, LaRoche Dealt to Atlanta [...]

    Posted by Live blog: Red Sox at Orioles, 7/31 | Sports of Boston | July 31, 2009, 5:45 pm
  2. Theo is masterful. I like Justin Masterson…but he’s expendable when it comes to Victor Martinez. I wonder where Victor will fit?

    Posted by KC | July 31, 2009, 6:40 pm
  3. Martinez will play 1B,C, and DH. This was a good trade as it takes some pressure off Ortiz and gives them a successor to Varitek.

    Posted by Dave | July 31, 2009, 11:48 pm
  4. [...] Indians Trade Catcher Victor Martinez to Red Sox, LaRoche Dealt to Atlanta [...]

    Posted by Red Sox Farm Friday: Nick Hagadone | Sports of Boston | August 1, 2009, 12:57 pm
  5. [...] part of the trade that put Victor Martinez in a Red Sox Jersey, Masterson was the odd man out. He now finds himself in Cleveland in a role where he can be very [...]

    Posted by Masterson Gets New Opportunity With Indians | Sports of Boston | August 2, 2009, 1:24 pm
  6. [...] welcomed a new catcher during the trade deadline as the Sox were able to nab Cleveland’s Victor Martinez. Martinez was acquired in exchange for Justin Masterson, and minor leaguers Bryan Price and Nick [...]

    Posted by Epstein Does it Again, Acquires Martinez in Exciting Week | Sports of Boston | August 3, 2009, 5:33 am
  7. [...] appeared at catcher 52 times, first base 47 times and had three appearances as a DH. After the trade to Boston, Martinez caught 33 times and played first base 23 times. This was partly due to the [...]

    Posted by Attention V-Mart Shoppers: Catchers In Stock | Sports of Boston | February 23, 2010, 6:19 am
  8. [...] "small", "title": "Justin Masterson-Victor Martinez Trade Revisited" }); When the Red Sox acquired Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians last July they sent Justin Masterson and prospects Nick Hagadone and [...]

    Posted by Justin Masterson-Victor Martinez Trade Revisited | Sports of Boston | June 10, 2010, 1:09 am

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