Red Sox trade for speedy outfielder Berry

Red Sox trade for speedy outfielder Berry
August 27, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Quintin Berry was acquired by the Red Sox, presumably to play a pinch-running role.

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You thought the Red Sox might try to acquire some bullpen help in a waiver wire deal? Maybe some right-handed pop? Nope and nope.

The Red Sox traded for speedy outfielder Quintin Berry on Tuesday, sending pitcher Clayton Mortensen to Kansas City in return.

Berry, 28, started the season with Detroit and stole 21 bases for the Tigers. He was waived in June and scooped up by the Royals, hitting .222 and stealing 13 bases for Kansas City's Triple A affiliate.

Mortenson had a 5.34 ERA in 30.1 innings with the Red Sox this season. For Pawtucket, he put together a 2.47 ERA in 43.2 innings.

Since the Triple A season ends soon, it would make sense that the Red Sox acquired Berry in order for him to join the team when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Once with the big-league club, he would likely serve as a defensive replacement in the outfield or a pinch hitter.