August 27, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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