Red Sox Trade OF Shane Victorino To Angels: Recall Castillo from AAA

And it begins.

The Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge. To fill Victorino’s spot in the roster, the team has recalled Rusney Castillo.

Victorino was hitting .245 in 33 games this season. He battled injuries each of the last two seasons. The right fielder’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season. He was owed $4.5 million for the rest of this season, which the Red Sox will help pay.

The Red Sox received Rutledge, who is 26 years old and was hitting .274 with the Angels’ Triple-A club. He’s played all over the infield this season, besides first base. He played three seasons with the Rockies prior to joining the Angels organization this past offseason. In 266 career games in the majors, he’s a .259 hitter.

Castillo is active for Monday’s game against the White Sox and will start in right field.

I love the move. Victorino was great when he was healthy but he was coming to the end of his deal and you might as well get something for him. The Sox have a plethora of outfielders and recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from AAA. Castillo, who who signed a 7 year $72 million dollar contract is probably better served being on a major league roster rather than getting ABs in AAA…