Baseball

Red Sox acquire catcher Martinez from Indians

The Boston Red Sox made a big splash before Friday's trade deadline, landing slugging catcher Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians for right-hander Justin Masterson and two minor-league pitchers.

Busy Boston also sends LaRoche to Atlanta for Kotchman

The Boston Red Sox made a big splash before Friday's trade deadline, landing slugging catcher Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians.

Cleveland gets right-hander Justin Masterson and minor-league pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price in the deal, which was completed just before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff to complete trades without waivers.

Boston was able to retain prized young pitcher Clay Buchholz, who is 1-1 with a 3.52 earned-run average in three starts this season with the Red Sox. The 24-year-old righty was reportedly targeted by the Indians.

Short stay for LaRoche

In a separate deal, Boston sent Adam LaRoche to the Atlanta Braves for Casey Kotchman in a swap of first basemen. The Braves also receive cash.

The Red Sox had acquired LaRoche on July 22 from Pittsburgh for two minor leaguers.

Martinez, 30, has split his time at catcher and first base this season, batting .284 with 15 home runs and 67 runs batted in. He offers the Red Sox a better bat behind the plate, where 37-year-old Jason Varitek is hitting .239 with 13 homers this season.

"It's tough," Martinez said, his voice choked with emotion as he prepared to leave the only big-league club he has ever known.

"It's tough when you know you're leaving your house and leaving the organization that gave you a chance to play in the big leagues. This organization made me a better ballplayer and a better person. It's tough but life continues and I have to keep moving on.

"This was my home."

Masterson, 24, has a 4.50 ERA this season in 31 appearances, six of those starts.

"Bittersweet is the word," said Masterson, who was raised in Ohio. "I'll be going home to where I grew up, but I will be leaving a great organization in the Red Sox. It was a great opportunity for me to be here, but I'll still be getting a great opportunity."

Boston went into Friday's action trailing the rival New York Yankees by 2½ games in the American League East. The Red Sox lead the AL wild card chase by 1½ games over Texas.

Friday's trade was the second major one of the week by the rebuilding Indians, who on Wednesday dealt reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Philadelphia for prospects.

"When you don't perform or have good results, things are going to happen like this," said centre-fielder Grady Sizemore, whose team is 12½ games out in the AL Central with a 42-60 record. "It's start from scratch now."

With files from The Associated Press