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Martinez Sent To Red Sox For Three Players

July 31, 2009
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(Courtesy of the Indians)

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON, LHP NICK HAGADONE & RHP BRYAN PRICE from the Boston Red Sox for CA VICTOR MARTINEZ.

Masterson, 24, has spent the entire season to date with the Boston Red Sox where he has compiled a record of 3-3 w/a 4.50 ERA in 31 appearances, including 6 starts (72.0IP, 72H, 36ER, 25BB, 67SO, .271AVG). He has not allowed an earned run over his last 4 appearances covering 7.0 innings of work (2H, 2BB, 8SO). He spent most of the 2008 season in a similar role with Boston, going 6-5 w/a 3.16 ERA in 36 games/9 starts (88.1IP, 68H, 31ER, 40BB, 68SO), limiting Major League hitters to a .216 (68-315) average against. He also recorded an ERA of 1.86 (9.2IP, 10H, 2ER) in a Boston rookie record 9 playoff appearances in 2008.

He was Boston’s 2nd round selection (71st overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of San Diego State University and is a native of Beaver Creek, Ohio. Masterson is the first Jamaican-born pitcher in Major League history and just the 4th player overall, joining Chili Davis (1981-99), Devon White (1985-2001) and Rolando Roomes (1988-90). He split the 2007 season between A Lancaster and AA Portland and was a combined 12-8 w/a 4.33 ERA (153.2IP, 152H, 74ER) and was 10-0 over a 12-start stretch from June 7-August 5. He now owns a 2-year Major League career record of 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA in 67 games (15GS, 160.1IP, 140H, 67ER), 135SO).

Hagadone, 23, was selected by the Red Sox in the sandwich round (55th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Washington and entered the 2009 season as the # 3 overall prospect in the entire Red Sox organization according to Baseball America. He is currently pitching at Class A Greenville where he has gone 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 starts (25.0IP, 13H, 7ER, 14BB, 32SO). In his brief tenure this season he has limited South Atlantic League hitters to a .149 (13-87, 0HR) average against with 11.5 strikeouts per 9.0IP (0ER in last 5 starts/14.0IP, 4H, 19SO).

Hagadone was limited to 3 starts at Greenville last season (1-1, 0.00ERA, 10.0IP, 5H, 0ER, 6BB, 12SO) before undergoing reconstructive left elbow surgery in June of 2008 that pushed his 2009 debut back to June 6. The 6’5”, 230 pound left-hander owns a career minor league ERA of 1.82 (59.1IP, 32H, 12ER, 77SO, 11.7SO/9.0IP) in 23 starts.

Price, 22, was also a sandwich round selection (45th overall) by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft out of Rice. He entered the 2008 draft as the 47th overall prospect (25th pitcher) in the 2008 draft according to Baseball America. So far in 2009 the Freer, Texas native has split the season between A Greenville of the South Atlantic League and A Salem of the Carolina League where he has gone a combined 4-8 w/a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts (96.1IP, 99H, 50ER, 6HR, 31BB, 97SO), averaging 9.1 strikeouts per 9.0IP. He was 1-3 w/a 3.83 ERA in 12 games/9 starts at A Lowell of the New York-Penn League (40.0IP, 47H, 17ER, 43SO) last season after signing out of Rice and was named the 12th best prospect in the NYPL and the 20th best prospect in the Boston organization according to Baseball America.

Martinez, a 3-time AL All-Star, is hitting .284 (107-377) with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 99 games so far in 2009.

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