Cleveland has agreed to trade C/1B Victor Martinez to the Red Sox, SI.com has learned.
The deal is believed to include right-hander Justin Masterson and another pitcher. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo says the other player involved is lefty prospect Nick Hagadone. Coveted Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is not included in the deal, SI.com has learned. Hard-throwing reliever Daniel Bard won't be involved either, as Cleveland only wants starters.
The Red Sox are also talking to Atlanta about Adam LaRoche, the former Brave, SI.com has learned. Boston just acquired LaRoche from the Pirates on Wednesday, July 22.
The switch-hitting Martinez made his third All-Star team this season and is hitting .284 with 15 home runs, 67 RBIs and 56 runs in 99 games. Martinez, 30, is a career .297 hitter.
This deal comes two days after the Indians traded reigning Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco to the Phillies for four prospects.