Rockies trade reliever Morales to Red Sox, recall Daley
The Colorado Rockies have traded left-handed relieverto the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Right-hander will be recalled and join the team in Milwaukee on Friday.
Morales, 25, was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances with the Rockies in 2011. In his Rockies career spanning parts of the past five seasons, Morales was 7-11 with 10 saves and 4.83 ERA. Morales joined the Rockies in the August 2007 when the pitching staff was hit with a string of injuries, and he later pitched for the Rockies in the postseason, starting one game each in the first two series against the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and making two relief appearances in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Morales made an initially successful conversion to the bullpen in 2009. He opened the 2010 season as the Rockies closer whenwent on the disabled list, but control problems soon pushed Morales out of the role and eventually back to the minors. While Morales has been more effective this season, the Rockies have been reluctant to use him in key situations. He is out of options, and combined with the ineffectiveness of right-hander , the Rockies have been using a short bullpen in key games.
Daley, 28, has pitched part of the past two seasons with the Rockies. After a solid spring training, Daley was a victim of circumstances as he was one of the few Rockies relievers with options remaining. At Triple-A Colorado Springs, Daley is 0-2 with a 6.82 ERA. Nine of the 10 earned runs he has allowed in 14 1/3 innings have come in 1 2/3 innings in his past three outings.