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Will Middlebrooks (3B)

Boston Red Sox

By Bobby Jacowleff, Red Sox Correspondent, Fri, Dec 19th 12:08pm EST

The Padres and Red Sox are rumored to have nearly completed a trade that will send 3B Will Middlebrooks to Petco for C Ryan Hanigan. Middlebrooks projects to start at the hot corner for the Padres, as Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez for the Red Sox. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A hitter moving to Petco Park is never good news, and this could sound especially grim considering Middlebrooks is leaving the hitting friendly confines of Fenway Park. However, with the additions of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Rameriz, there seemed to be no spot for him in a suddenly loaded Red Sox lineup, so the change in scenery will certainly help him from a fantasy perspective as he should see everyday at bats in a completely re-tooled Padres lineup.

Will Middlebrooks News & Advice

news | Dec 20th, 5:38am
With a logjam at third base and a need for a backup catcher, the Red Sox traded Will Middlebrooks to the Padres on Friday in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Rotoworld | Dec 20th, 3:55am
Padres acquired INF Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for C Ryan Hanigan.
ESPN | Dec 19th, 10:17pm
The Red Sox and Padres are working on a trade that would send third baseman Will Middlebrooks to San Diego and catcher Ryan Hanigan to Boston, but as of mid-Friday it had not been finalized, according to a league source.
Rotoworld | Dec 19th, 3:56pm
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks.