Re: Red Sox trade Clayton Mortensen for Quintin Berry
posted at 8/29/2013 12:37 PM EDT
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
In response to charliedarling's comment:
Nothing against Mortenson, but if the Sox have not used him all year to this point with as many call-ups as they have made he clearly is not in their vision.
This trade is a no brainer at this point in the 2013 season and will have no effect on the 2014 season either.
The Red Sox are taking a chance that Berry can come off the bench a few times in September and make some sort of contribution with his speed. If he has made some impact in whatever September opportunities he gets, he will get considered for the post season games.
He was traded for to help make sure that there is a post season opportunity.
Blazing speed is one thing that the Sox clearly do not have on the major league roster at this time. Mortenson certainly does not have such speed.
Mortensen was ineffective in the bullpen this year. He was DFA'd, and cleared waivers. Outrighted to Pawtucket, where he was converted to starter. I don't know what he is doing differently, but he has pitched very well. Better than some of the highly rated prospects. He may not have been in the Sox plans, but I think he should have been. You should be able to pick up a role player like Berry without giving up a guy who just might be a good starting pitcher.
Barring colossal injuries, there was no way Mortensen was cracking the Sox rotation this year, and certainly not next year. Maybe his agent told the Sox that he wanted a fresh start somewhere else, as he clearly wasn't going to get an opportunity to start here. That's exactly what happened with David Murphy.
Everyone up and down the Sox organization loved Murphy, but he was blocked from Boston. Ramirez & Drew were signed long term, Ells was under team control for 6 more years and they had Crisp signed as well. They traded him so he would get an opportunity somewhere else, because they liked the kid and thought he deserved an opportunity. There's a lot more to trades than stats on the back of a baseball card sometimes, so a trade that may be a "head scratcher" to you, may make perfect sense to the 30 or 40 people who are paid well to have input on these decisions.