Red Sox acquire Franklin Morales from Rockies for PTBNL

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From Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe comes word that the Red Sox are working on a trade for Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales.

Morales has displayed significant control problems this season out of the Rockies’ bullpen and is currently the owner of a poor 11/8 K/BB ratio. But he has allowed just six runs in 14 innings for a 3.86 ERA and the Red Sox may be thinking that they can reel in his command issues. He has the ability to start as well, which is probably intriguing for a team missing Daisuke Matsuzaka and dealing with Josh Beckett’s sudden neck stiffness.

The 25-year-old Morales has posted a 4.83 career ERA over four-plus major league seasons.

Abraham has no other details at this time and no other news outlet is providing information.

UPDATE: The trade is now official, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. The Red Sox will receive Morales for a player to be named later or future cash considerations. Hideki Okajima has been designated for assignment to clear a spot on Boston’s roster.