BOSTON -- It won't register much -- if at all -- on the baseball trade Richter Scale, but the Red Sox did make another deal Tuesday in addition to acquiring Craig Breslow from Arizona.
Lars Anderson, the one-time phenom whose path to Boston washed out when the Sox picked up Adrian Gonzalez in late 2010, was traded to the Indians for an as-yet-unnamed minor-league pitcher.
Anderson spent most of this season -- indeed, most of the last several seasons -- in Pawtucket, with no chance of advancement as long as Gonzalez was at first base in the majors. He was almost traded to Oakland at last year's deadline, but the Sox backed out of a potential deal for Rich Harden after seeing the right-hander's medical records.
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.