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Red Sox acquire Colten Brewer from Padres in return for minor leaguer

Red Sox acquire Colten Brewer from Padres in return for minor leaguer

The Boston Red Sox's first offseason move since winning the World Series is a minor one.

The Red Sox have acquired relief pitcher Colten Brewer in a trade with the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Boston. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the pending trade.

Brewer, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, essentially is a depth add for Boston, as he has two minor league option years remaining and can be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket if necessary. The Red Sox have several notable arms hitting free agency this offseason, including Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi.

The 26-year-old right-hander struggled in 9 2/3 of major league action with the Padres last year. He fared better at the Triple-A level, however, posting a 3.75 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched.

Quiroz spent most of the 2018 season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, hitting .299 with a .598 slugging percentage and 1.011 OPS in 24 contests.

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Report: Red Sox to acquire reliever Colten Brewer in trade with Padres

Report: Red Sox to acquire reliever Colten Brewer in trade with Padres

The World Series champions aren't resting on their laurels.

The Boston Red Sox are "on the verge" of acquiring relief pitcher Colten Brewer in a trade with the San Diego Padres, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday, citing a source.

Rosenthal reported earlier in the day that Boston had interest in the 26-year-old right-hander.

Brewer pitched in just 11 games for the Padres last season, posting a 5.59 ERA with 10 runs allowed on 15 hits in 9 2/3 innings. He recorded 10 strikeouts to seven walks.

The Red Sox have a number of pitchers hitting free agency this offseason, though -- notably Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly and Nathan Eovaldi -- so it appears president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is taking preemptive measures to add bullpen depth.

UPDATE (1:48 p.m. ET): Boston is sending minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz to San Diego in exchange for Brewer, according to NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich.

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Third base has been a sore spot for Red Sox since letting now retired Beltre go

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Third base has been a sore spot for Red Sox since letting now retired Beltre go

When the Red Sox signed Adrian Beltre to a one-year, $9 million contract prior to the 2010 season, the consensus among fans and media was that his swing was tailor-made for Fenway Park. 

That collective hunch was correct. Beltre was selected to his first All-Star team and won the Silver Slugger for third baseman that season. He posted a slash line of a .321 batting average/.365 on-base percentage/.553 slugging percentage. He hit 28 home runs, with 102 RBI and hit a league-high (and career-high - by eight) 49 doubles. He finished in the top ten in MVP voting. 

Then the Sox let him walk. The trade for Adrian Gonzalez moved Kevin Youkilis from first back to third and the future Hall of Famer Beltre was off to a multi-year deal with the Texas Rangers, where he remained for the next eight seasons before announcing his retirement on Tuesday at 39. 

Since then, the hot corner has been a hot topic in Boston. 

Third base had been a revolving door, featuring Youkilis for one (albeit, good) season, Will Middlebrooks for parts of three seasons, Pablo Sandoval for parts of three seasons, Travis Shaw for parts of two seasons, Rafael Devers for parts of the past two, and Eduardo Nuñez for a chunk last season. It also featured cameos from the likes of Mike Aviles, Pedro Ciriaco, Brock Holt, Deven Marrero, Aaron Hill, Marco Hernandez, and Josh Rutledge. It's been everything but stable. 

The difference in production between the Red Sox third baseman and Beltre since 2011 is...eye-opening to say the least. 

  • Beltre (2011-2018) with Texas: Three All-Star appearances, two Silver Sluggers, 304/.357/.509, 199 HR, 699 RBI, 239 2B
  • Red Sox primary 3B ('11-'18): One All-Star appearance, zero Silver Sluggers, an average slash of .246/.303/.410, 129 HR, 480 RBI, 190 2B

Not only was there a big gap offensively, but Boston had a dropoff in the field as well. Beltre won three Gold Gloves after leaving the Red Sox, while Boston third baseman had zero. Beltre's fielding percentage in that time span was .966, while Sox third baseman (not including defensive replacements listed above) check in with a much less impressive average of .949.

Congratulations to Beltre on a well-deserved retirement. Next stop, Cooperstown.

Just don't touch his head during his induction speech.

It'll remain one of the great Boston what-might-have beens that Sox fans are left wondering what his final eight seasons would've been like had he stayed here.  

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