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Official Press Release: Red Sox Acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland Indians

07.31.09 at 4:53 pm ET
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BOSTON, MA’€”The Boston Red Sox today acquired catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez in a trade from the Cleveland Indians for right-handed pitchers Justin Masterson and Bryan Price and left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Martinez, 30, will wear No. 41. He is batting .284 with 15 home runs in 99 games with Cleveland in 2009 and is tied for ninth in the American League with 67 RBI. He has reached base safely in 81 of 99 games this season and ranks 16th in the league with 51 walks. He is fourth among A.L. switch hitters with a .368 on-base percentage and combined to bat .350 in the months of April and May, fourth in the league during that time.

He was named an All-Star for the third time in his career this season and has appeared in 52 games (51 starts) as a catcher and 47 games (44 starts) at first base. He has not made an error in 299 total chances behind the plate and leads all qualifying Major League catchers with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Martinez has a .992 fielding percentage at first base. He has thrown out 21.4 percent (122-for-569) of attempted base stealers in his career and ranks seventh in the A.L. with a 4.24 catcher ERA since 2005.

Originally signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 1996, he has a career Major League average of .297 with 103 home runs and 518 RBI in 821 games with Cleveland from 2002-09. He leads the Majors with 153 doubles and 406 RBI as a catcher since the start of the 2004 campaign and ranks among that group in batting average (3rd, .296), on-base percentage (4th, .369), slugging (4th, .466) homers (T-4th, 82), runs (5th, 324) and walks (5th, 269).

The 2004 Silver Slugger Award winner is a career .303 hitter off right-handers with a .284 clip against lefties. He went 14-for-44 (.318) with two home runs and seven RBI in his only playoff experience for Cleveland in 2007.

Masterson, 24, was 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 games (six starts) this season. Boston’€™s fifth pick (71st overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft made his Major League debut last season and owns a 9-8 career record and 3.76 ERA in 67 games (15 starts). He set a club rookie record with nine post-season appearances in 2008, going 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA.

Hagadone, 23, was taken by the Red Sox with their first pick (55th overall) in the 2007 draft. He was 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 14 walks in 10 starts for Single-A Greenville this year. The University of Washington product owns a 1-4 record and 1.82 ERA in 23 career minor league starts in Boston’€™s system.

Price, 22, combined to go 4-8 with a 4.67 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 31 walks in 19 starts with Single-A Greenville and Advanced Single-A Salem. Boston’€™s second selection (45th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft made his professional debut last season and is 5-11 with a 4.42 ERA in 31 career minor league games (28 starts).

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Report: Halladay stays put

07.31.09 at 4:30 pm ET
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Joel Sherman says Roy Halladay was not traded before today’s 4 p.m. deadline.

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Rumor Mill: Peavy to White Sox, take two

07.31.09 at 4:28 pm ET
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Jon Heyman tweets the White Sox have traded for Jake Peavy for the second time this season. He vetoed a deal in May but has approved today’s move, according to Corey Brock. Peavy is on the DL with a torn ankle tendon.

UPDATE: It appears Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell are going to San Diego in the deal.

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Rumor Mill: Nick Johnson headed to Marlins

07.31.09 at 4:20 pm ET
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According to FoxSports.com, the Florida Marlins have acquired Nick Johnson from NL East rival Washington. The Marlins recieve AA pitcher Aaron Thompson.

Johnson was a name that the Red Sox were rumored to be after. The first baseman was hitting .295 with 6 home runs and 44 RBI.

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UPDATED: Rolen to the Reds

07.31.09 at 3:47 pm ET
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Jon Heyman tweets that Scott Rolen has waived his no-trade clause for a deal that will send him to the Reds. Fox Sports says the Blue Jays will get Edwin Encarnacion and another player in what is a swap of third basemen.

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Rumor Mill: Dodgers working on blockbuster for Gonzalez

07.31.09 at 3:40 pm ET
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Ken Rosenthal has the Dodgers offering James Loney and a package of prospects to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez. Stay tuned for updates.

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The Cost Of Shopping at the V-Mart

07.31.09 at 3:33 pm ET
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According to multiple reports (not yet confirmed by WEEI.com), the Red Sox parted with Justin Masterson and Nick Hagadone in exchange for Victor Martinez. Masterson, of course, is well known after spending more than a year in the big leagues. Hagadone, meanwhile, is considered a high-ceiling left-hander with a great pitcher’s frame. 

Earlier this week, before the deal, Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen spoke about Hagadone’s progress in his return from Tommy John surgery. Hagadone is 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. His fastball has topped out at anywhere from 95-98 mph, and the 23-year-old’€™s slider remained a wipeout pitch. He complements that with a promising change.

Though he has been limited to roughly three innings and 50 pitches in his stints, he has overpowered the competition in the South Atlantic League (where he pitched 10 innings without allowing an earned run in 2008 before blowing out).

As is typical for pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery, his control (14 walks in 25 innings) was up-and-down. Even so, in both performance and more important physical markers, his rehab is progressing well.

‘€œHe’€™s been bouncing back great in between starts, which is a very positive developmental step. He wasn’€™t bouncing back as quickly in April,’€ said Hazen. ‘€œHe’€™s in a good spot. There’€™s a comfort level (in Greenville) because he can overmatch guys with stuff.’€

Masterson is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 72 innings. The 24-year-old was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Sox. 

LaRoche headed to Atlanta

07.31.09 at 3:21 pm ET
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According to Yahoo’s Gorden Edes, Adam LaRoche has been shipped to Atlanta.  NESN reported that the Red Sox have acquired 1B Casey Kotchman in exchange for LaRoche.

Kotchman was hitting .282 with 6 home runs and 41 RBI for the Braves.

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REPORT: Martinez to Sox is “done deal”

07.31.09 at 3:10 pm ET
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Bob Nightengale says the deal for Victor Martinez involving Justin Masterson and Nick Hagadone plus a third prospect is complete. Tom Verducci said on the MLB Network that the third prospect is pitcher Bryan Price.

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Rumor Mill: Braves interested in LaRoche

07.31.09 at 3:08 pm ET
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According to SI’s Jon Heyman, the Atlanta Braves are interested in former employee Adam LaRoche if the Red Sox land Victor Martinez. The newly acquired first baseman would likely be the odd man out if the blockbuster deal goes through

LaRoche played three seasons for the Braves before playing for Pittsburgh.

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