Sox send Stern to Orioles

Sox send Stern to Orioles

Though catcher Javy Lopez is no longer a member of the Red Sox, the club officially completed the transaction that brought him aboard from the Orioles in August. The Red Sox announced on Tuesday that outfielder Adam Stern, a Rule 5 pick in December 2004, has been shipped to the Orioles.

Stern is the player to be named in the trade that brought Lopez to Boston on Aug. 4. The reason the Red Sox needed Lopez was the injury to captain Jason Varitek.

Lopez did not perform as well as the Red Sox would have hoped, as he hit .190 with no homers and four RBIs in 18 games. The Red Sox designated him for assignment on Sept. 8.

The reason Stern took so long to be transferred in the deal is that he had to pass through waivers, which the Red Sox were unsuccessful in doing in August. Once the season is over, waivers are no longer required to move players to another team.

The Red Sox will also get either cash considerations or another player from the Orioles to complete the deal.

The Red Sox liked Stern's arm and speed, but the left-handed hitter had a hard time getting into a groove at the plate and also suffered his share of injuries.

He is best known for his monster performance for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic last March, when he led his team to an upset against Team USA.

Stern began the 2006 season with the Red Sox, fulfilling the rest of his Rule 5 requirement time. He hit .150 with four RBIs in 10 games before being optioned to Pawtucket for good on April 19.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.