Red Sox Trade For Pitcher to Take Trevor Story's Spot on 40-Man Roster

The Red Sox bolstered their pitching depth on Thursday night, acquiring Vladimir Gutierrez from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez (53) delivers in the fifth inning of a baseball
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez (53) delivers in the fifth inning of a baseball / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Boston Red Sox have been walloped by the injury bug this season, seeing multiple hitters and pitchers hit the injured list. Despite the injury woes, the Red Sox are 10-10 and shockingly lead the majors with a 2.70 ERA.

However, regression will eventually kick in for the Red Sox, and they will need pitching depth to keep them afloat throughout the season. On Thursday night, Boston made a small trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, acquiring right-handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez in exchange for cash.

Red Sox News: Boston Acquires RHP Vladimir Gutierrez

The 28-year-old Gutierrez has spent the beginning of the 2024 season with the Miami Marlins and the Brewers. Gutierrez didn’t play in a single game for Milwaukee, who designated him for assignment on Wednesday.

The Red Sox won’t be promoting the veteran pitcher to the big leagues, as they optioned him to Triple-A Worcester. Gutierrez will be taking veteran infielder Trevor Story’s spot on the 40-man roster, who was transferred to the 60-day IL. 

Gutierrez has a 13.50 ERA in two games (one start) with Triple-A Nashville (Brewers’ minor league affiliate) this season. The Red Sox will hope that isn’t a sign of things to come because they might need the right-handed pitcher at some point this season.

The 28-year-old right-handed pitcher has a 5.47 ERA in 33 major league games. He also has a 10-10 record with 121 strikeouts in 154.2 innings pitched. Finally, Gutierrez's best season in the majors happened in 2021 when he had a 9-6 record and a 4.74 ERA in 22 starts.

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