Boston also designated left-handed reliever Alan Embree for
The Red Sox, who lost six of seven before beating Tampa Bay 5-2
on Tuesday night, sent Single-A left-hander Juan Cedeno and
Triple-A outfielder Chip Ambres to Kansas City. To make the deal
possible, Graffanino waived most of the $400,000 trade bonus called
for in his contract, with the Royals making a $100,000 payment
"We hated to lose Graf," Royals manager Buddy Bell said after
Kansas City beat Cleveland 4-0. "He was a big part of this team
and a big part of this clubhouse. The Red Sox are getting a great
The Red Sox sent right-hander Scott Cassidy to San Diego for
Hyzdu, who joins the Red Sox organization for the fourth time.
Former Boston outfielder Gabe Kapler also was back in the clubhouse
on Tuesday, having re-signed over the weekend after an aborted
stint in Japan.
"There were definitely some changes today," Red Sox outfielder
Johnny Damon said. "But seeing Adam Hyzdu and Gabe Kapler, it felt
like they never left. So that was a great spark for us."
Boston wasted a four-game lead in the AL East to fall a
half-game behind the Yankees in the division before moving back
into first on Tuesday when New York and Baltimore both lost. Hyzdu
entered Tuesday night's game in the ninth inning as a defensive
Graffanino, who played all four infield positions for the
Royals, was batting .298 with three homers and 18 RBI playing
part-time for the Royals. The Red Sox have needed a second baseman
since Mark Bellhorn sprained his thumb over the weekend, leaving
them with just Alex Cora there; they've needed an outfielder since
Jay Payton was exiled for a tantrum in the dugout.
"I think [Graffanino] is excited about being here," Boston
manager Terry Francona said. "We'll put him right in there
tomorrow, let him start going. Right now, between him and Cora,
we've got a nice combination."
Cedeno was 2-6 with a 5.61 ERA in 21 appearances at Wilmington.
He has 68 strikeouts and 37 walks in 78 1/3 innings.
Ambres was a first-round draft pick by the Marlins in 1998 who
was batting .294 with 10 homers, 50 RBI and 17 stolen bases in
"The key to the deal for us was Ambres. He's going to play
tomorrow," Bell said. "We're all excited to see what he can do.
He's the guy we really wanted."
Hyzdu had three hits in 20 at-bats for San Diego and also spent
time in the minors this season. Hyzdu returns for his fourth stint
with the Red Sox organization; most recently, he was traded to the
Padres in spring training for Blaine Neal.
Embree had filled a key role for the 2004 champions, going 2-2
with a 4.13 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances during the regular
season and a 2.46 ERA while appearing in 11 of Boston's 14
postseason games. He was on the mound for the final out of the
team's epic comeback against the New York Yankees in the AL
But he has struggled this year, going 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA in 43
"It was difficult to see him go," Red Sox general manager Theo
Epstein said. "Alan did a lot of great things here in Boston. We
really stood by him this year, trying to get him back on track."