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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 21:30

Boston Red Sox trade reliever Franklin Morales for Jonathan Herrera

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  After a quiet week at the Winter meetings, the Red Sox are back at it making moves. Today they sent relievers Franklin Morales and Chris Martin to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jonathan Herrera, a utility infielder.    Herrera, 29, played in 81 games for the Rockies last season posting a .336 OBP as well as a .986 fielding percentage at shortstop. Herrera also had appearences at second and third base as well as the outfield, however it appears as though he will be used at shortstop the most. He also is by no means known as a power hitter with a career slugging percentage at a mere .332, meaning that if he's in the starting lineup, he should be a #9 hitter no doubt. Obviously, the Red Sox won't call upon Herrera to pinch hit when the game is on the line, but he is a good choice for a defensive replacement late in the game, especially for Will Middlebrooks who really struggled defensively last season and he could also pinch run for some of the slower members of the team unless they want Britton and Buchholz pinch running instead.   In my mind, the part of this trade that makes it all worth while is the fact that they were able to get trade away Morales because he was not needed for next season, even if it meant trading away Chris Martin. Despite the fact that Martin has the potential to be a solid MLB reliever sometime in the future, Boston is loaded with pitching depth so letting one member of the AAA bullpen get away is not the end of the world.   Finally, just because Boston acquired a utility infielder, does not mean that there is a 0% chance they will resign Stephen Drew, but the chances do drop from where they were. Also, despite all these people doubting Will Middlebrooks, I strongly believe he will be able to hold his own in the Majors next season despite questions about his glove and plate discipline. It should be interesting to see how the rest of it plays out, but right now I am not going to speculate. Thank you for reading and follow me on Twitter at @CLNS_Tom and I will follow back.