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BOSTON — The Red Sox made their first trading season transaction, dealing outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge.
The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million remaining on Victorino’s contract, according to a major league source.
Shane Victorino drove in 12 runs in 14 postseason games for the Red Sox in 2013, becoming the only player in history to drive in the clinching run in three series during a single postseason. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsVictorino was in Boston’s starting lineup and took batting practice before Monday’s game before being informed of the trade. His departure led to the return of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Victorino played a vital role for the Red Sox in their title drive in 2013, when his 6.1 WAR was second on the team to Dustin Pedroia’s 6.3. But leg, back and thumb injuries have limited him to 63 games since the club won the World Series, and he underwent season-ending back surgery last season.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a conference call, said the deal came together over the weekend.
“We talked to Shane during batting practice when it became official,” he said. “It was tough for everyone. [Red Sox manager] John [Farrell] and I were in there with Shane. He’s meant a lot — stating the obvious — he’s meant a lot to the team and obviously was a part of a very special year in 2013 and part of a lot of great moments that October.
“He’s always throughout his career played with incredible passion and is a passionate person. He cares a lot, so it was a difficult position. On the one hand I think he was happy to have an opportunity to get on a contender and have a chance to play meaningful games down the stretch.
“On the other hand we know this was an important part of his career for him, being in Boston, so we expressed to him how grateful we were for everything he’s done, wished him the best, and he probably he leaves a mark on the Red Sox and a lot of people that are still in that clubhouse.”
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