Red Sox Trade Will Middlebrooks To Padres

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The San Diego Padres have acquired third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan, according to Pete Abraham.

Hanigan was just acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays along with Wil Myers earlier in the week.

Jeff Passan first reported a deal was close.

Middlebrooks, 26, has been in the Major Leagues with the Red Sox for parts of three years. He is yet to play 100 games in a season due to injuries. In 232 games, Middlebrooks has a .237 average with 34 home runs and 122 runs batted in. He will join a Padres lineup that includes, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers.

Hanigan, 34, has spent eight years in the Major Leagues. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Cincinnati Reds and spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Hanigan has a career .256 average with 25 home runs and 172 runs batted in. Hanigan will most likely be backing up Christian Vazquez.

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