The Red Sox have traded outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Angels in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge, according to a team announcement. The news was first noted by Nilson Pepen earlier this evening.
Boston will pay roughly $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million on Victorino's contract this year with the Angels paying the remaining $1.1 million, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
Victorino, 34, partially fills the outfield void that the Angels have been looking to fill all month, and will likely platoon with Matt Joyce in left field alongside Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun in the team's outfield. The veteran has hit .245/.324/.298 with one home run in 33 games for the Red Sox this season, and has dealt with multiple injuries over the past two years. Victorino was a key contributor on the Red Sox' championship team in 2013, hitting .294/.351/.451 with fifteen homers in 122 games and a clutch grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS that clinched Boston's spot in the World Series.
Victorino also drew interest from the Pirates before being dealt to the Angels, who have looked at Jay Bruce, Gerardo Parra, Josh Reddick, Ben Zobrist and many other options as they look for an upgrade over Joyce in left field. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Rutledge, 26, has spent his entire season in the minors for the Angels, posting a .286/.336/.432 line with six home runs after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Rockies. He has the ability to play second base, shortstop and third base in the majors for the Red Sox, and will likely see some major-league time in place of the injured Dustin Pedroia. Rutledge is controllable through the 2018 season and is a lifetime .259/.308/.403 hitter in 266 major-league games with Colorado.