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Martinez traded to Red Sox

By jcfortun Published: July 31, 2009

The Cleveland Indians have traded starting catcher Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for starting pitcher Justin Masterson, left-handed prospect Nick Hagadone and right-handed prospect Bryan Price.

The Indians have scheduled a press conference for 4:45 p.m.

The Red Sox seemed destined to make a move this afternoon as their name was attached to rumors for slugging San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Toronto ace Roy Halladay and Martinez.

Gonzalez and Martinez are relative bargains.

Martinez is owed $5.7 million this season with a club option of $7 million next season, according to the Boston Globe. His salary jumps to $6.2 million this season and $7.5 the next with the trade.

Gonzalez hits in the worst hitters park in baseball, San Diego's petco Park, and still has 28 home runs in 353 at bats this season. In Four full seasons in San Diego Gonzalez has 118 home runs.

For his $3 million this season, $4.75 million next year and an option of $5.6 million in 2011, who wouldn't want Gonzalez instead?

Yet, it was Martinez who was the better bargain for the Red Sox in the end, giving up three pitchers. None of which were named Buchholz, as in Clay Buchholz the prized right-hander the Indians tried to pry out of the Red Sox to no avail.

Instead the Indians get Masterson, Hagadone and Price.

Hagadone -- a 6-foot-5, 230 left-handed pitcher -- was the Red Sox No.3 prospect in the organization before the season, according to Baseball America.

He is 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA this season at Class A Greenville. Hagadone underwent Tommy John surgery last May, according to Baseball America. his fastball sat at 95-97 the day he got hurt.

Baseball America writes that his work ethic is so strong the Red Sox had no doubts he would regain his old form after surgery. In fact, they had to slow him down when he was already throwing four months after the surgery.

He projects as a front line starter. he throws a slider and changeup as well.

Masterson has been with the major league organization for two seasons now. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA this season.

Most of his work this season has been out of the Boston bullpen. he has 63 appearances, with 15 starts. For his major league career he is 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA.

Price was rated as the No.20 prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America before the season.

Price -- who is listed as 6-foot-4, 220 pounds -- is 1-6 with a 6.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Salem Red Sox, the Class A affiliate of the Carolina League.

Martinez gives the Red Sox some protection for the aging players in its lineup in catcher Jason Varitek, third baseman Mike Lowell and designated hitter David Ortiz.

Martinez can play catcher, first base or designated hitter. When he plays first base it is presumed that Kevin Youkilis will move over to third and spell Lowell.

Reports often indicated that Martinez loved playing in Cleveland and had intention of wanting to leave.

MLB.com beat writer Anthony Castrovince just tweeted this:

Vic is very emotional. He truly loved playing here.#mlbtrades

Akron Beacon Journal sports writers Sheldon Ocker and Stephanie Storm are in Cleveland for tonight's game against the Tigers, and now the 4:45 press conference. Stay tuned for more information.

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MAJOR UPDATE 3:11 Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci was just on the MLB Network and said the third player in the trade is right-handed pitcher Bryan Price.

Price was rated as the No.20 prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America before the season.

Price is 1-6 with a 6.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Salem Red Sox, the Class A affiliate of the Carolina League.


MAJOR UPDATE 2:54 USA Today's Bob Nightengale is calling it a done deal. Still not sure on sure on the complete package.


MAJOR UPDATE 2:54 John Heyman confirms the two teams have agreed to a trade; Hagadone and Masterson are both involved. Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard not not.


MAJOR UPDATE 2:49 Mayo says the two teams are still working at adding more names as well as Hagadone and Masterson.


MAJOR UPDATE 2:32 MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo is reporting pitching prospect Nick Hagadone and  pitcher Justin Masterson are part of the deal. the deal is still not confirmed.

Hagadone -- a 6-foot-5, 230 left-handed pitcher -- was the Red Sox No.3 prospect in the organization before the season, according to Baseball America.

He is 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA this season at Class A Greenville. Hagadone underwent Tommy John surgery last May, according to Baseball America. his fastball sat at 95-97 the day he got hurt. He projects as a front line starter.

Masterson has been with the major league organization for two seasons now. The right-hander is 3-3 wit ha 4.50 ERA this season. For his career he is 9-8 wit ha 3.76 ERA.


MAJOR UPDATE 2:27 Fox sports is citing a source that says the deal does NOT include Clay Buchholz or pitching proespct Daniel Bard.


MAJOR UPDATE 2:11 SI's John Heyman is now confirming as well, via twitter
vmart headed to boston, im now hearing. good job by @ bnightengale. question: is buchholz in it?

(Editors note: If you are looking for your comments from earier, I had to transfer this to a new post, sorry. )


MAJOR UPDATE 2:11 Foxsports.com is confirming that a deal is on the cusp. No return yet has been named and no third team is involved.


MAJOR UPDATE 1:58 USA Today beat writer Bob Nightengale is reporting Victor Martinez is about to join the Red Sox. Needs to be confirmed. More to come.


UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: SI's John Heyman provided a pretty big update on the Red Sox-Adrian Gonzalez-Voctor Martinez love triangle.
The Red Sox and Padres are discussing a big package that includes  Clay BuchholzJustin Masterson and  Jed Lowriein exchange for San Diego's superstar first baseman  Adrian Gonzalez. However, the sides are still pretty far apart, and Boston is still in the mix for Cleveland's  Victor Martinez.

Heyman also writes that the padres are pressing the Red Sox to include hitting prospects  Lars Anderson and  Ryan Westmoreland as well.

Sounds like a very steep price to pay. Would Victor be a better deal for the Sox?


UPDATE 12:42 p.m.:MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo is hearing the the chances the Padres deal first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is very slim.

He also tweets that it is 50/50 that Martinez will be traded.

If this is true, it would make a Victor Martinez deal to Boston all the more likely. Both players are a bargain at their current contracts.

Martinez is owed $5.7 million this season with a club option of $7 million next season, according to the Boston Globe. in the vent of a trade his salary jumps to $6.2 million this season and $7.5 the next.

Gonzalez hits in the worst hitters park in baseball, San Diego's petco Park, and still has 28 home runs in 353 at bats this season. In Four full seasons in San Diego Gonzalez has 118 home runs.

For his $3 million this season, $4.75 million next year and an option of $5.6 million in 2011, who wouldn't want Gonzalez instead?


(UPDATE 11:45): MLb.com Indians beat writer Anthony Castrovince tweeted this a few minutes ago:
Red Sox appear to be only team with financial flexibility to acquire Victor Martinez. But their chief target is Adrian Gonzalez.  #mlbtrades


(UPDATE 10:30 A.M.) I am late on this but, the Indians are pessimistic about making a move at his point,  according to Ken Rosenthal.
A lot can change in the final hours before the non-waiver deadline.

A lot can change in the final minutes.

But as Friday began, the Indians were pessimistic about their chances of trading catcher Victor Martinez — perhaps an indication that the Red Sox were making progress in their efforts to land Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, perhaps not.

The Red Sox have been involved in discussions concerning Martinez, Gonzalez and Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay.

"Not much here," one Indians official said.



(UPDATE7:50 am): Mets general manager Omar Minaya confirmed the Mets have had discussion with the Indians about Victor Martinez, but say the Indians asking price is too high for their liking,  according to Sports Illustrated baseball writer John Heyman.

The Mets prospects that the Indians presumably asked about:

pitchers: Jennry MeijaBrad Holt and Jon Niese,
Double A first baseman Ike Davis and outfielder Fernando Martinez.


(UPDATE7:17 am): Well,  Jayson Stark posted this tidbit at 2:25 a.m. actually:
The  Boston Red Sox and the  Cleveland Indians were discussing a three-way trade Thursday night that would send  Victor Martinezto Boston,  Clay Buchholz to Cleveland and prospects flying in all directions, according to clubs that spoke to both teams.

Stark says the reason a third team needs to be involved is to move Adam LaRoche, who the Red Sox recently acquired from the Pirates.

The Rays are also working hard to acquire Martinez,  he writes. They remain a long shot though.


The Indians were heavily scouting the Rays' system and had multiple scouts watching their triple-A Durham team.


However, the Rays don't seem to have the financial flexibility to absorb the approximately $2 million left on Martinez's contract this year without subtracting a player such as Scott Kazmir at the same time. One source familiar with the Rays' thinking admitted the team was still a long shot to pull off two deals that big.


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