Late Friday night, the Red Sox announced a deal that sends the third baseman to San Diego in exchange for veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Middlebrooks, 26, was not long ago a promising prospect for the Red Sox. In his rookie season in 2012, he batted .288 with 15 homers, 54 RBIs and an .835 OPS in 75 games played. Yet his average dropped to .227 in 2013 and .191 this past season, and he spent parts of those seasons bouncing back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Pawtucket. In Triple-A, Middlebrooks batted .254 over the past two seasons.
Middlebrooks started in eight of Boston’s 16 postseason games in 2013, batting just .160 with two doubles, one RBI and a .490 OPS before losing his starting job to Xander Bogaerts "
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The once blossoming Red Sox career of Will Middlebrooks ended Friday with Ben Cherington trading him to the San Diego Padres for a backup catcher. The Red Sox get 34-year-old journeyman catcher Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan hit .198 in 2013 and .218 in 2014 in ...Read more
Cherington said that plenty of teams expressed interest in Middlebrooks, but the Red Sox felt like a deal with the Padres made the most sense. "We still believe in [Middlebrooks'] talent. We are rooting for him," Cherington said. "While the trade meant ...Read more
The Boston Red Sox left the 2014 winter meetings with a bushel of starting pitchers. Yet, after striking out on Jon Lester, they failed to land a legitimate difference-maker, the kind of arm that will hurl their rotation over the hump and establish Boston ...Read more
The San Diego Padres were eager to trade for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, calling the Red Sox at various points of the offseason trying to make a deal. General manager Ben Cherington turned down every offer, finding nothing particularly compelling.Read more