Sox trade Morales for infielder Jonathan Herrera

Sox trade Morales for infielder Jonathan Herrera
December 18, 2013, 2:00 pm
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If the Red Sox had one noticeable hole in their roster coming out of the Winter Meetings, it was a small one: They had no real backup infielder to speak of. Now it appears as though they've filled that spot.

According to a report by MLB.com, the Red Sox have traded lefty reliever Franklin Morales to the Rockies for infielder Jonathan Hererra.

Herrera is a light-hitting utility man who has experience playing shortstop, second base and third base. The 29-year-old switch-hitter had a slash line of .292/.336/.364 for Colorado last season.

Morales battled injury for much of 2013 but became an effective arm out of the bullpen for the Red Sox toward the end of the regular season. In 25.1 innings, he had a 4.62 ERA and a 1.539 WHIP.

The trade serves as a homecoming of sorts for Morales who was signed by Colorado as an amateur free agent in 2002 and spent time with the Rockies major league club from 2007 until 2011 when he was traded to Boston.

Red Sox minor league reliever Chris Martin was also sent to Colorado in the deal.

Click here for Sean McAdam's take on what the deal means.