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The Red Sox announced today that they have traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Red Sox were rumored to be shopping Deven Marrero and Brock Holt to try to clear some roster space up.  The team had to decide whether to keep Holt or Marrero.  Trading Marrero was probably the right decision to make.  Holt has had a good spring hitting .345 with a .920 OPS.  Last season Holt was absolutely awful at the plate but Holt was dealing with vertigo the whole season, so that is probably why.

Holt also can play, almost, every position so the Sox could put him in any position if needed.  Marrero plays a couple positions and is a superb infielder but isn’t great at the plate. The large deciding factor was that the defensive specialist was out of minor league options and could not be sent down.

Marrero played his collegiate ball at Arizona State, so the trade may reflect a bit of a homecoming for the ex-Red Sox. Ultimately, he struggled to put together consistent at bats at the Major League level, but perhaps a change of scenery could benefit the utility infielder.

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As the Red Sox lineup begins to take shape, they have now cleared a space on the 40 man roster for lefty Bobby Poyner to join the big league bullpen after a sparkling Spring Training.

As always, we wish DMo the best in Arizona.

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