Boston Red Sox trade 2103 hero Shane Victorino to Los Angeles Angels – ESPN.com – ESPN
Gordon Edes, ESPN Staff Writer
Has covered Red Sox for 15 years
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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.
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 SportsThe Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million remaining on Victorino’s contract, according to a major league source.
Victorino 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.
Victorino, who went on the disabled list May 24 with what was called a left calf strain, came off the DL on July 3 and in 13 games (10 starts) batted .231 (9-for-39). When the Red Sox were in Anaheim right after the All-Star break, Victorino played in both ends of a day-night doubleheader, which might have helped persuade the Angels that he was healthy.
In 2013, Victorino hit 15 home runs, stole 21 bases in 24 attempts, posted an .801 OPS and won a Gold Glove in right field. He drove in 12 runs in the postseason, one fewer than David Ortiz’s team-leading 13, and hit a grand slam in the clinching game of the American League Championship Series and a three-run double in the clinching game of the World Series.
Rutledge, 26, was with the Angels’ Triple-A team in Salt Lake. He originally was drafted by the Colorado Rockies.
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