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Rockies acquire LHP Franklin Morales and OF Drew Stubbs

By: The Associated Press
December 18, 2013 Updated: December 19, 2013 at 2:50 am
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Boston Red Sox's Franklin Morales delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the eight inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies reacquired left-hander Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox for versatile infielder Jonathan Herrera.

It was the second trade the Rockies orchestrated on Wednesday. They also picked up outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cleveland Indians for reliever Josh Outman.

Morales is coming off a season in which he went 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 games for the World Series champion Red Sox. He was a member of the Rockies when they made their run to the World Series in 2007, only to be swept by Boston.

Colorado also picked up minor league reliever Chris Martin in the deal.

The 29-year-old Herrera hit .292 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 195 at-bats for Colorado this year. He played second base, third, shortstop and two games in left field.

This has been a busy offseason for the Rockies, who recently acquired lefty Brett Anderson from the Oakland Athletics.

Stubbs, who came to Cleveland in last December’s trade with Cincinnati for Shin-Soo Choo, batted .233 with 10 homers and 17 steals as a part-time player for the Indians. Cleveland’s signing of free agent David Murphy made Stubbs expendable.

The 29-year-old Outman spent most of last season with the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. Outman limited left-handed hitters to a .198 average and had a 3.41 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

The Indians had issues getting out left-handers, a reason they acquired Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis before the trade deadline.

Outman has a 12-11 career record with a 4.61 ERA 146 games for Oakland and Colorado.

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