Mitch Moreland traded to Padres for two minor-leaguers

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By WEEI 93.7

The Red Sox have traded Mitch Moreland to the San Diego Padres for third baseman Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario.

"Hard on all ends what he does on the field, what he does off the field, we  celebrated yesterday his 10 years of service time was yesterday, so as a team we celebrated that," said Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke on Moreland. "It’s a little strange to call him in this morning and give him the news. He was super thankful of being here for the four years he was here. Obviously meant a huge amount to what he’s done for us as an organization, certainly two years ago with the World Series but also just what he means to all the guys so you know, it’s just something when you try to move forward in things, you need to make some deals at times – hard deals at times. He’s excited, he’s excited to go to San Diego with a lot of really talented players and he should be huge for that team, especially I think with the young guys and how he can help them.”

According to MLB.com, Potts, a former first-round pick is the No. 16 overall prospect for the Padres, while Rosario comes in at No. 19. Potts spent the majority of last season in Double-A, while the 20-year-old Rosario performed at Single-A.

“Plus-plus runner, really good athlete, very good ability in the outfield, has a really advanced feel for the strike zone at a young age and we’re excited to see how he develops as he grows and adds strength, but he’s got the upside to play center every day and hit at the top of the lineup," said Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom regarding Rosario.

Moreland, who has a $3 million team option for 2021, has been one of the best hitters in the American League this season, totaling a .328 batting average and 1.177 OPS to go along with eight home runs.

Bobby Dalbec has been recalled to replace Moreland on the roster.

Robert Murray was first to report the news of the trade.

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