The bloodletting continues in Cleveland as the Indians have traded 30-year old switch hitting C/1B Victor Martinez to the Red Sox for 24-year old starter/reliever Justin Masterson, 23-year old lefty starting pitcher Nick Hagadone and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Bryan Price. Martinez played in 99 games for the Indians this season and he was 107 for 377 (.284 avg, .832 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 15 homers and 67 RBIs. In 8 years with the Indians, V-Mart played in 821 games in which he was 900 for 3,035 (.297 avg, .832 OPS) with 413 runs scored, 103 homers and 518 RBIs. Losing Martinez is hopefully the final kick in the nuts for Indians’ fans this season. The Indians will probably put Masterson into the starting rotation, pronto. Masterson pitched in 31 games (6 starts) for the Red Sox this season and he was 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has now pitched in 67 games (15 starts) in his major league career and he is 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. In 160 1/3 innings in the majors, Masterson has allowed 140 hits while striking out 135 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. Nick Hagadone was the Red Sox’ #3 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He had Tommy John Surgery last May so the Red Sox were easing him back into action this season watching his pitch counts. Hagadone has started 10 games in A-ball this season and he is 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He has only allowed 13 hits in 25 innings this season while whiffing 32 batters which indicates that his stuff is coming back. Hagadone could be a top of the rotation starting pitcher down the line for the Indians. Bryan Price was the Red Sox’ #20 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He has started 19 games in A-ball this season and he is 4-8 with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Price does however have 97 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings so the stuff is there he just needs to learn how to use it. The Indians have appeared to stockpile pitching prospects the last couple of weeks….too bad Mark Shapiro and Eric Wedge won’t be around to see them pitch.