As the trade deadline approaches, the Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for infielder Josh Rutlegde.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 27, 2015
Victorino has been with the Red Sox since 2012, but injuries over the past two seasons have limited his playing time. Because of two DL stints this season, the 34 year-old has only appeared in 33 games, posting a slash line of .245/.324/.298. Although Victorino has struggled, the Angels were searching for another corner outfielder to help contribute as they make a push in the playoff race down the stretch.
In return for the veteran outfielder, the Red Sox will acquire 26 year-old Josh Rutledge, who had trouble making a spot on the big league roster in Los Angeles. The former third round draft pick appeared in 266 major league games over three seasons with the Colorado Rockies organization, posting a slash line of .259/.308/.403 over 947 plate appearances. In 2015, Rutledge has spent most of the season in Triple-A, posting a .274 batting average with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 78 games.
With the trade of Victorino, the club also announced that they have called up 28 year-old outfielder Rusney Castillo to fill the roster spot. As an amateur free agent out of Cuba, Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5 million dollar contract with the team in 2014, but has yet to make a big impact in the major leagues, only appearing in 36 games over two seasons so far. As the club now has an opening in the outfield, it appears as if the Red Sox are going to give Castillo a chance to play everyday.
According to Gordon Edes, the cash considerations in the deal are for the Sox to pay all but essentially one million of The Flyin’ Hawaiian’s remaining contract.
Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million on Victorino’s salary, according to MLB source
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 27, 2015
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