Rockies re-acquire Morales from Red Sox for Herrera

Updated: December 18, 2013

Boston, MA ( – Franklin Morales will be going back to the
organization where he began his professional career, with the Colorado Rockies
obtaining the oft-injured hurler from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for
utility infielder Jonathan Herrera.

The Rockies will also receive minor league pitcher Chris Martin as part of the

Morales started a pair of postseason games as a highly regarded rookie for
Colorado in 2007 and pitched in parts of five seasons with the Rockies before
being dealt to the Red Sox in May of 2011. The left-hander worked primarily
out of the bullpen for Boston, compiling a 6-7 record with a 3.90 earned run
average over 93 games (10 starts) during his tenure with the club.

The 27-year-old Venezuelan was limited to 20 appearances while spending two
separate stints on the disabled list last season, going 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in
25 1/3 innings of work.

Herrera has served as a dependable role player since breaking into the majors
with the Rockies in 2008. In 375 overall games with Colorado, the 29-year-old
hit .265 with eight home runs and making starts at second base, shortstop and
third base.

The switch-hitter batted a career-best .292 with one homer and 16 RBI over 81
games this past season.

Martin posted a 5-3 record with a 2.25 ERA and five saves over a combined 42
games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013.