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Tuesday, July 30
Updated: July 31, 6:24 PM ET
 
Floyd on the move again, this time to Boston

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cliff Floyd is weary of all these trades and wants to settle down.

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2002 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
98 21 61 56 11 .275

Floyd was reunited with former teammate Pedro Martinez and Red Sox owner John Henry when the Montreal Expos traded the power-hitting outfielder to Boston for two minor league pitchers.

Floyd homered Tuesday night for the Expos, then packed his bags for his second move in three weeks. Montreal acquired him after the All-Star break from the Florida Marlins.

A Red Sox spokesman said the team hopes to get Floyd to Anaheim for Wednesday night's game against the Angels, but he is more likely to see action for the start of Boston's series in Texas on Thursday night.

The Red Sox trail the Angels by one game in the AL wild-card race.

"Hopefully, this will be my last stop in terms of trades and all this junk," Floyd said in Montreal. "I'm a free agent at the end of this season, but hopefully we won't even go that far. Hopefully, I can sit still and play with a team that's pretty much stacked in every area."

Floyd, an All-Star last season, is hitting .275 with 21 homers and 61 RBI.

"He's going to be an offensive force for us," Boston interim general manager Mike Port said in a conference call midway through his team's 6-0 victory over the Anaheim Angels.

In the deal struck before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Expos acquired minor league pitchers Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim, and a player to be named later -- a Class A pitcher.

The 29-year-old Floyd is being reunited with Henry, who bought the Marlins when Floyd was already on the team.

"Cliff called and said he had a smile from ear to ear," Henry said. "He fits very nicely into our lineup."

Martinez played with Floyd in Montreal.

"He's always happy, always smiling," Martinez said. "I think he's going to be a great addition."

"We got one of the best players in the league, skillwise," Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon said. "He can play defense, he can run, he can hit for power and for average. So we'll take him in with open arms and hope he's one of the missing pieces we need."

Floyd is eligible to become a free agent at the end of this season, in which he's being paid $6.5 million. Port envisions signing Floyd to an extension.

"We hope the long-term relationship he's had with John Henry will give us the inside track,'' team president Larry Lucchino said.

Expos general manager Omar Minaya said dumping Floyd's salary and taking on little in return gives him flexibility to deal later.

"Right now, we have close to 50 games left. We've got five teams in front of us," he said. "When we acquired Cliff Floyd, we didn't have five teams in front of us. I think we were second in the wild card. That's one difference."

Minaya obtained pitcher Bartolo Colon from Cleveland on June 27, then acquired Floyd from Florida.

"It's weird. Getting traded twice in a season is something new for me, but this is the way this game rolls," Floyd said. "You've got to go with the flow and I'm going to a great situation. Boston is a great team."

Most of the Red Sox players welcomed the addition. But All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra thought the club already was good enough.

"I always said we didn't need anything, but we don't make those decisions,'' Garciaparra said. "I'm happy with our team. We're sitting pretty, and I'm confident with the guys who have been playing day in and day out."

Floyd spent his first four seasons in Montreal. After hitting .287 with 18 homers and 57 RBI with Florida, he was dealt back to the Expos on July 11. But he struggled in his second stint, batting .207 with three homers and four RBI in 53 at-bats.

At the time of the first deal, Floyd said he welcomed a return to Montreal, but he wasn't able to generate similar numbers. He left Florida as the last remaining member of the Marlins' 1997 World Series championship team.

"I didn't do as well as I thought I should have in the 50 at-bats or so that I got here," Floyd said, "but I felt my swing starting to come around so hopefully, I can go help their team."

The Expos acquired two right-handers from South Korea.

Song is 7-7, with a 4.39 ERA in 21 games for Double-A Trenton. He was obtained by the Red Sox as a free agent in 1999.

Kim is 4-2, with a 3.18 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.




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