Red Sox acquire OF Alex Castellanos from Dodgers for OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, cash

October 23, 2013 - 12:33 pm

The Red Sox announced that they have acquired versatile utility man Alex Castellanos from the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and cash considerations. Castellanos, 27, has made 43 career plate appearances in the big leagues, hitting .171 with a .186 OBP and .389 slugging mark. In six minor league seasons, he's hit .288 with a .362 OBP and .502 slugging mark. Over his past three years in the minors, he's averaged just under 20 homers a season. The Sox view him as a right-handed hitter with some power who has the ability to hold his own against both right- and left-handed pitchers. While he's coming off something of a down year in 2013 (.257/.347/.468 in Triple-A Albuquerque), the team thought him worth the acquisition cost based on his longer history as a player who provides solid at-bats, represents a plus runner and can play not only all three outfield spots but also the three infield positions aside from shortstop. The team view his best positions as right and left fields, third and second base. Hazelbaker, 26, a fourth-round pick by the Sox in the 2009 draft, has tremendous raw power and speed. His power has manifested itself primarily on fastballs, while he's struggled with breaking balls and performed with pronounced platoon splits (evident in his solid .287/.343/.423 line against righties this year in Pawtucket and a .182/.235/.248 line against southpaws). He's been a streaky player throughout his Red Sox career, prone to alternating scorching stretches where he hits homers in bunches and steals loads of bases with fallow periods. Over the last four years, he's averaged 46 steals and 15 homers, reaching double digits in homers and at least 30 steals in each of those seasons. In 2013, while spending the entire year in Triple-A Pawtucket, he hit .257/.313/.374 with 11 homers and 37 steals in 44 attempts while playing 121 games, splitting his time primarily between left and right but also seeing five games in center. Hazelbaker is not yet on the 40-man roster; if not added to it, he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Castellanos (who is already on the 40-man), the Sox designated Pedro Beato for assignment. The 26-year-old right-hander was 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA, 7.9 strikeouts and 4.2 walks per nine innings this year for the PawSox. He also appeared in 10 big league games for the Sox, allowing four runs in 10 innings (3.60 ERA) while punching out five and walking two.