BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox have seemingly steadied the ship after a subpar month of June, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski continues to tinker with the roster.
One day after acquiring infielder Aaron Hill for a pair of minor leaguers, the team announced that it had acquired utility man Michael Martinez from the Cleveland Indians. The move only cost the Red Sox cash.
Martinez, 33, hit .283 with a home run in 32 games for Cleveland this year. He started games in all three outfield spots as well as at second base and third base. A switch-hitter, Martinez is batting .199 in his major league career and .268 in the minors, where he’s likewise played all over the field.
As for Hill, he’ll be in the starting lineup Friday night at Fenway Park, batting eighth and playing third base. The 34-year-old displayed obvious excitement in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon.
“Honestly, I’m sure everyone says a lot of the same things when they come over here. Dream come true. Being able to play against these guys the first five, six years of my career, it was always special visiting Fenway Park. And now to call this my family, it’s pretty impressive,” he said.
With an ability to play multiple positions, Hill said he’s ready for anything.
“Whatever I can. Whatever they need me to be,” he said. “Whether it’s second, third, short, it doesn’t matter. You’re in a playoff race, you’re contending — I’ll learn to catch if they need me to.”