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IN 2009 the Red Sox had a promising young pitcher named Justin Masterson playing the role of spot-starter, long reliever, spot-closer... basically he was the garbage man of the team: working hard and cleaning up messes.
The problem was, the Red Sox felt that their catching situation was in dire straights. Frankly, it was. The team was running Jason Varitek and George Kottaras out there and neither man was fitting the bill offensively or defensively.
So, they pulled the trigger and acquired Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price.
In what turned out to be a year and a half of Victor Martinez the Red Sox gave up a pitcher in Masterson who has been developing into a stud with the Tribe.
Masterson has started 79 games for the Indians posting a 3.97 ERA with a 1.405 WHIP. Now, that may now seem impressive, but his best season thus far came in 2011 (at just 26-years old) Masterson posted a 3.21 ERA and 1.278 WHIP.
It is worth noting that his numbers have come on a team that won 65 games in 2009, 69 in 2010 and 80 in 2011.
Martinez on the other hand did earn a spot on the American League All-Star team in 2010 for the Red Sox, but while he was with the team they never won a ring, which was why he was brought in. The Sox needed offense and defense at the catching position, Martinez provided that for 183 games and moved on to Detroit.
Hagadone finally got called up to the Majors in 2011 appearing in 9 games for the Tribe, winning one. Pryce is still developing in the Indians system.