Red Sox acquire infielder Alex Cora from Indians

Sox acquire infielder Alex Cora from Indians

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today acquired infielder Alex Cora from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for infielder Ramon Vazquez. Senior Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement.

The 29-year-old Cora, who is expected to join the team in time for tonight's game in Baltimore, is a veteran of all or part of eight major league seasons with the Dodgers (1998-2004) and Indians (2005). The left-handed hitter appeared in more than 100 games for the Dodgers each of the last five seasons, playing in 134 or more games in three of the last four years.

Cora is a career .243 hitter (512-for-2,107) with 89 doubles, 23 triples, 28 homers, 181 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 733 major league games. The Dodgers' third-round draft pick out of the University of Miami in 1996, Cora signed as a free agent with the Indians prior to this season and batted .205 (30-for-146) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI and six steals in 49 games for Cleveland.

The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Caguas, Puerto Rico has made 362 major league appearances (200 starts) at shortstop and 350 appearances (280 starts) at second base.

Vazquez, who was acquired from the Padres December 20, 2004, batted .197 (12-for-61) with a pair of doubles, four RBI and six runs scored in 27 games for the Red Sox this season before being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday. He is a career .259 hitter (273-for-1,056) with 43 doubles, 11 triples, six homers, 83 RBI, 18 steals and 129 runs scored in 340 major league games with the Mariners (2001), Padres (2002-04) and Red Sox (2005).