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RED SOX ACQUIRE MORTENSEN FOR SCUTARO

RED SOX ACQUIRE MORTENSEN FOR SCUTARO

RED SOX ACQUIRE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER CLAYTON MORTENSEN FROM COLORADO

FOR SHORTSTOP MARCO SCUTARO

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today acquired right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for shortstop Marco Scutaro.

The deal raises a fair amount of speculation as to the next move by the Red Sox. In making this trade, Boston eliminated $6M of payroll but also has a huge void now at shortstop.

On the 40-Man Roster, Boston has Mike Aviles, Jose Iglesias, Nick Punto and Oscar Tejada as possible shortstops. Iglesias appeares still to be the shortstop of the future but has not been able to consistantly hit for average.

BOSTON RED SOX INFIELDERS ON 40-MAN ROSTER

62 Lars Anderson L-L 6’4″ 215 Sep 25, 1987
3 Mike Aviles R-R 5’10” 205 Mar 13, 1981
28 Adrian Gonzalez L-L 6’2″ 225 May 8, 1982
76 Jose Iglesias R-R 5’11” 175 Jan 5, 1990
Will Middlebrooks R-R 6’4″ 200 Sep 9, 1988
15 Dustin Pedroia R-R 5’9″ 180 Aug 17, 1983
Nick Punto S-R 5’9″ 190 Nov 8, 1977
84 Oscar Tejeda R-R 6’1″ 170 Dec 26, 1989
20 Kevin Youkilis R-R 6’1″ 220 Mar 15, 1979

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.

Mortensen posted a 3.86 ERA (25 ER/58.1 IP) and 30 strikeouts while going 2-4 over a career-high 16 appearances, including six starts, over two stints with the Rockies in 2011. The 26-year-old right-hander held opponents to a .257 average (55-for-214) last season, including a .240 mark (30-for-125) against right-handed hitters.  He also made 15 starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2011.  A supplemental first-round selection by St. Louis in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander has appeared in 24 Major League games (13 starts) with the Cardinals (2009), Athletics (2009-10) and Rockies (2011), going 4-8 with a 5.12 ERA (54 ER/95.0 IP) and 50 strikeouts.

Scutaro, 36, hit .299 (118-for-395) with 26 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 59 runs, 54 RBI and 38 walks for Boston last season.  He started 102 games at shortstop (109 total games) and two games at second base.  Signed as a free agent by Boston on December 4, 2009, the right-handed hitter owns a career .270 average (1,019-for-3,768) with 214 doubles, 14 triples, 68 home runs, 538 runs and 404 RBI in 1,103 Major League games with the Mets (2002-03), Athletics (2004-07), Blue Jays (2008-09) and Red Sox (2010-11).

KEVIN HARRIMAN

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