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August 27, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Red Sox acquire Quintin Berry for Clayton Mortensen

As reported by Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have acquired outfielder Quintin Berry from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for right-hander Clayton Mortensen

Berry, 28, was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. His only major league experience came last season as a member of the Detroit Tigers, appearing in 94 games, hitting .258/.330/.684 with two home runs, 29 RBI and 21 stolen bases.  

The left-handed hitting outfielder was claimed on waivers by the Royals back in June, and has split his 2013 campaign between Triple-A Toledo (DET) and Omaha (KC). In 97 games this season, Berry is hitting .193/.309/.260 with three home runs, 31 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Berry's speed and prowess for stealing bases makes him an attractive pinch-runner option, a role he could find himself in for the Red Sox during the stretch run. 

Mortensen, also 28, had appeared in 24 games for the Red Sox this season, compiling a 5.34 in 30 1/3 innings of relief. The right-hander, who is out of options, was designated for assignment by Boston in late June and had been pitching with Triple-A Pawtucket. Mortensen was 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA in 14 games with the PawSox.

Photo Credit: Quintin Berry by ESPN.com

John Gray is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com