It’s official: Beltre, Hall with Red Sox
|01.07.10 at 6:20 pm ET|
Here are the Red Sox’ press releases regarding the acquisitions of free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre and utility infielder Billy Hall, who comes over in a trade that sends Casey Kotchman to Seattle:
RED SOX ACQUIRE ADRIAN BELTRE
Beltre, 30, hit .265 (119-for-449) with 27 doubles, eight home runs, 44 RBI and 54 runs in 111 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2009. He appeared at third base in all 111 contests, making 110 starts at the position. Beltre finished sixth among American League third basemen with a .959 fielding percentage, committing 14 errors in 341 total chances. He missed time during the 2009 campaign due to a pair of trips to the disabled list, including surgery on his left shoulder to remove bone spurs on June 30.
Originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an international free agent on July 7, 1994, Beltre made his Major League debut in 1998 at the age of 19. He has hit .270 (1,700-for-6,285) with 348 doubles, 26 triples, 250 home runs, 906 RBI, 828 runs, 478 walks and 111 stolen bases in 1,681 Major League games over parts of 12 seasons with the Dodgers (1998-2004) and Mariners (2005-09).
A right-handed batter, he has hit 25 or more home runs in a season four times, including three straight years from 2006-08. Beltre hit for the cycle with the Mariners on September 1, 2008 in Texas and earned a 2004 Silver Slugger Award when he led the Majors with a career-high 48 home runs. That year, he also became just the 11th player in Major League history with at least 45 home runs and 200 hits in a single season.
The 2007 and 2008 American League Gold Glove Award winner at third base, Beltre has posted a .957 fielding percentage (205 errors/4,718 total chances) in 1,664 games (1,621 starts) at the position. He leads all active third basemen with 1,319 putouts, is second with 3,194 assists and third with 297 double plays.
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Beltre played in four Division Series games with the Dodgers in 2004. He hit safely in three of the four contests, going 4-for-15 with an RBI and run scored.
RED SOX ACQUIRE BILLY HALL, A PLAYER TO BE NAMED PLAYER, AND CASH FOR CASEY KOTCHMAN
Hall, 30, batted .201 (67-for-334) with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 110 games between Milwaukee and Seattle last year. He combined to post a .980 fielding percentage (5 E/256 TC) while appearing in 69 games at third base (51 starts), 22 in left field (22 starts), 15 in right (12 starts), three at second base (two starts) and one in center.
He began the season with the Brewers and hit .201 (43-for-214) with six homers and 24 RBI in 76 contests. The right-handed hitter also appeared in four games for Triple-A Nashville, going 4-for-14 (.286) with one roundtripper and four RBI. He was dealt to the Mariners on August 19 for right-handed pitcher Ruben Flores and appeared in 34 games for Seattle, batting .200 (24-for-120) with two home runs and 12 RBI.
Hall owns a .251 (701-for-2,796) average, 104 home runs and 379 RBI in 865 career Major League games for Milwaukee (2002-09) and Seattle (2009). He has tallied 20 or more doubles in each of the last six seasons including three straight campaigns of at least 35 from 2005-2007. In 2006 he set career highs with 101 runs, 35 homers and 85 RBI. Hall was originally selected by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.
Kotchman, 26, combined to hit .268 (103-for-385) with seven home runs and 48 RBI in 126 games with Atlanta and Boston in 2009. He batted .282 (84-for-298) with six homers and 41 RBI in 87 games for the Braves before being traded for first baseman Adam LaRoche on July 31. The left-handed hitter posted a .218 (19-for-87) average, one homer and seven RBI in 39 games for the Red Sox. He did not make an error in 114 games and 939 total chances at first base last year, becoming just the third qualifying Major Leaguer ever to record a 1.000 fielding percentage in a season at that position.
Originally taken by Anaheim in the first round (13th pick) of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Kotchman has a .269 (450-for-1,674) career batting average with 40 homers and 233 RBI in 520 games for the Angels (2004-08), Braves (2008-09) and Red Sox (2009). His .998 career fielding percentage at first base is the highest in Major League history among players with at least 3,500 total chances.
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