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Franklin Morales dealt to Rockies

Updated: December 18, 2013, 7:35 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday traded left-handed reliever Franklin Morales and right-hander Chris Martin to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera.

The acquisition of the switch-hitting Herrera gives the Red Sox some protection in the event free agent Stephen Drew does not return to the team.

Originally a second baseman, Herrera, a 29-year-old native of Venezuela, also has played shortstop and third base. In each of the last two seasons, he played ...

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