Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told reporters following Thursday night's 4-3 walkoff victory that his team had completed a trade with the Rockies for left-handed reliever Franklin Morales in exchange for either a player to be named or cash. In order to clear a roster spot for Morales, the Sox designated left-hander Hideki Okajima for assignment.
Morales, 25, was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 games (spanning 14 innings) for the Rockies this year, striking out 11 and walking eight. In parts of five seasons, he is 7-11 with a 4.83 ERA, 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings and 5.3 walks per nine. He has been far more effective this year against right-handed hitters (.172 average, .595 OPS) than lefties (.250, .935), but in his career, he has enjoyed significantly greater success against southpaws (.185, .624) than right-handed hitters (.272, .788).
Okajima was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA, six strikeouts and five walks in seven games (8 1/3 innings). But the Sox had seldom used the 35-year-old, having last put him in a game on May 9, with Rich Hill having seemingly surpassed him on the depth chart.