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AL Trade Deadline Update: Angels Land Victorino From Red Sox



The Los Angeles Angels added outfield depth as they landed Shane Victorino from the Boston Red Sox, who will also pay the remaining money on Victorino’s contract.  The Angels sent Triple-A shortstop Josh Rutledge to the Red Sox to complete the trade.

According to MLB.com, in his final season before free agency, Victorino is making $13 million, and the Red Sox will be responsible for $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million with the Angels only responsible for a bit more than a million.

Victorino has been with the Red Sox for the past three seasons, but in 2014 he only played in 30 games due to injuries and the same can be said for this season as he missed almost three weeks earlier in the year, with a right hamstring strain, then after returning on May 11, he went back on the DL with a left calf strain, after playing in just eight games. He returned to action on July 4th.

Since his return to the line-up, the outfielder appeared in 12 games and batted .230 (9 for 39).

Rutledge was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and made his major league debut on July 13, 2014 and in his first game he was 2 for 2, with a double, walk and drove in two runs. He remained on the major league roster for three seasons and combined he batted .259, 19 home runs, and 89 RBIs.

In the winter of 2014, the Rockies traded him to the Angels for Jairo Díaz. This season, Rutledge played most of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake Bees and batted .274, with five home runs and 32 RBIs.

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