Red Sox Acquire McKenry, Send Turpen To Rockies

The Red Sox acquired catcher Mike McKenry from the Rockies for righty reliever Daniel Turpen, the teams announced.  The Red Sox will have to make a 40-man roster move for McKenry, tweets Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

McKenry, 26, hit .265/.328/.424 in 384 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs last year, catching 94 games.  He's thrown out 37% of attempted thieves in his minor league career and is said to have good intangibles as a catcher.  A year ago Baseball America ranked him 13th among Rockies prospects, saying, "his best role may be as a high-energy backup."    

Turpen, 24, spent the spring in Yankees camp as a Rule 5 pick but was returned to the Red Sox.  The Sox had acquired him from the Giants in August for reliever Ramon Ramirez.  Turpen posted a 4.30 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, and 0.5 HR/9 in 69 Double-A relief innings last year.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported the trade, which the Red Sox initially denied.

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