Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz
September 5, 2012, 2:31 am
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SEATTLE -- At least Guillermo Quiroz didn't have far to go when he learned he'd been traded Tuesday.

The Red Sox obtained Quiroz from the Mariners for cash considerations. For Quiroz, the relocation meant merely walking down the concourse from the Mariners' home clubhouse to the visiting clubhouse occupied by the Sox, several hundred feet down the hall at Safeco Field.

"It was something I wasn't expecting, that's for sure," said Quiroz.

Quiroz gives the Red Sox a third catcher at the major league level, joining Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Sox didn't have another catcher on their 40-man roster, with Dan Butler catching at Pawtucket.

This gives Bobby Valentine some flexibility, especially since the manager has been using both Lavarnway and Saltalamacchia in the same starting lineup -- one behind the plate and the other often at DH.

Under the old set-up, if Valentine had to move the catcher who was serving as DH behind the plate, the Sox would lose use of the DH the rest of the game, to say nothing of not having a backup on the bench.

Quiroz has been with Toronto, Seattle, Texas and Baltimore and has played in 101 games at the major league level, though not at all since 2010.

"I've been around for a little bit," said Quiroz, who is 30. "I've gotten a little bit of service time so I guess they're counting on (having some experience)."

The challenge for Quiroz will be learning the pitching staff in a hurry.

"I'll have to do my best to get to know them," Quiroz said. "Tendencies, pitches they use to get people out . . . The best way to do it just catching them in the bullpen and try to talk to them. That's how you create your relationships."

The Red Sox haven't announced the rotation past Wednesday, the final game of the road trip. The Sox have off-days in the schedule Thursday and again Monday, giving them a chance to re-shuffle the rotation as they choose.

"We're looking at it," said Valentine. "We'll look at what happens the next time through."

Valentine worked out utility man Ivan DeJesus in the outfield Tuesday afternoon in the event he's needed to cover the position. DeJesus told Valentine he's comfortable playing either left field or right field.

Franklin Morales played catch Tuesday. He remains on the DL for another week with shoulder weakness. The Sox expect he'll return to the rotation when his 15-day stint is up this weekend.