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07/31/2010 - 3:59pm
Red Sox acquire catcher Saltalamacchia

The Red Sox acquired catcher Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for minor leaguers Chris McGuinness (1B) and Roman Mendez (P), along with a player to be named later and cash considerations. The 25-year-old backstop was the Rangers Opening Day catcher, but had been playing for Triple A Oklahoma City, hitting .244 with 11 homers in 63 games. Saltalmacchia played in just two games with the Rangers this season after totaling 84 appearances with Texas in 2009. 

 

McGuinness was a 13th round selection for the Red Sox in the 2009 draft and was hitting .298 with 12 homers for Single A Greenville. The 20-year-old Mendez had been pitching for Single A Lowell, where the 6-foot-2 righty was carrying a 4.36 ERA in eight starts.

 

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07/31/2010 - 3:17pm
Red Sox trade Ramon Ramirez to Giants

The Red Sox announced that right-hander Ramon Ramirez has been traded to the Giants. In return the Red Sox received minor league pitcher Daniel Turpen. The Sox have called up left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson to take Ramirez' place on the active roster.

 

The Sox had talked with the Mets over recent weeks about trading the right-hander to New York, but a major league source said that the two sides had not matched up. The Mets were interested in Ramirez, whom they viewed as a good buy-low candidate, and the two sides had discussed a swap of the Sox reliever for Rod Barajas before the catcher went on the disabled list. The two sides also discussed Ramirez for a prospect, but could not match up.

 

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07/31/2010 - 2:49pm
Hermida designated for assignment

The Red Sox have designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment. Hermida was hitting .203 and had been hitless in his last 17 at-bats, and was just 2-for-20 since coming off the 15-day disabled list. Hermida was replaced on the Red Sox' active roster by Ryan Kalish, who started in left field and hit eighth for the Sox in their Saturday afternoon game against the Tigers. For more on Kalish click see the Full Count Blog by clicking here. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/31/2010 - 2:22pm
Kalish on his way to Fenway Park

Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish is on his way to Fenway Park, and could be activated for Saturday's game, according to a source. Kalish is hitting .294 with a .356 OBP, .476 slugging mark and .832 OPS in 37 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. He was promoted from Double-A Portland in May, after hitting .293/.404/.527/.931. He has 13 homers and 25 steals in 28 attempts between the two levels this year.

 

The 22-year-old earns comparisons to Trot Nixon for his intense play. Like Nixon, he was a highly recruited quarterback coming out of high school. Kalish turned down a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia to sign with the Red Sox after being taken in the ninth round of the 2006 draft.

 

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07/31/2010 - 1:09pm
Francona: Bullpen trades a 'crapshoot'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that he is unsure whether or not his team will make a trade before Saturday's 4 p.m. trading deadline, but he acknowedged that trading for bullpen help is complicated by the volatility of relief performances  and the steep cost of acquisition. Relievers can swing between All-Star performances and disappointing ones, especially over a short sample, and so the Sox will approach trade deadline acquisitions with some caution.

 

"When you’re acquiring bullpen help, there’s certainly some amount of a crapshoot with it," said Francona. "That’s what I’m sure [Sox GM Theo Epstein] and those guys are discussing right now, and it’s very difficult decisions. You’re probably going to overpay for a reliever, and that is very difficult."

 

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