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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Red Sox Acquire C Michael McKenry from Rockies


I was sitting in class today, checking out my Twitter feed and saw the Red Sox made a trade. I was pretty confused, until I realized it was just a minor league trade. However, it has been a slow day in Red Sox news, and this trade can definitely have some implications on the big league club this year. 

The Red Sox have traded pitcher Daniel Turpen to the Colorado Rockies for catcher Michael McKenry. This trade may not seem like a big deal, and in the grand scheme of things, probably isn't. However, McKenry is a guy who showed decent promise and is expected to end up being a serviceable major leaguer. In other words, this isn't a guy who will be a career minor leaguer. When I saw this trade, it made me realize that they don't have a ton of faith in both Varitek and Salty being able to make it all the way through the year. McKenry seems like a solid insurance policy. McKenry has gone hitless in his nine major league plate appearances, with one walk. In his five year minor league career, he has hit .265 with a .812 OPS. From all accounts, McKenry is a very good defensive catcher whose offensive prowess is a step behind. So while this may not be a major deal, it could end up being a difference maker in case of injury at the catcher position. 

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