Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sox Trade Franklin Morales For Infielder Herrera

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Well, the Red Sox did trade a pitcher for infield help—just not a starter. Today, Boston dealt left-handed reliever Franklin Morales back to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Morales spent three years in Carmine Hose—going 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA. The soon-to-be 28-year-old Venezuelan coughed up fewer hits (256) than innings pitched (281.1) during his stay in Boston. He began his career as a starter for the Rockies—pitching disastrously in the 2007 World Series (3 innings pitched, 7 earned runs). He threw just 1 1/3 post-season innings for the Red Sox last year—giving up two hits and one run. Morales showed flashes of brilliance from time to time during his stay here, but not enough to justify a major role. Herrera can provide solid back-up on the left-side of the infield—hitting .292 last year with a .364 OBP.